The project has been ongoing for several months, installing 432 solar panels at the cooperative’s headquarters in Wanatah. According to a press release, the ribbon cutting was to celebrate the site being operational, but also for the energy now being put back onto the grid.
Solar panels utilize energy from sunlight to generate electricity. The energy produced by the Solar Park in Wanatah is able to be shared by Kankakee Valley REMC members through a purchase price of $750. Those shares can cover up to half of a member’s annual electric usage.
Communities across Northern Indiana are conducting similar projects in an effort to lower energy costs for consumers.