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Since the beginning of COVID-19, Blue Ridge Energy has worked to assist our members during this difficult time. With the expiration of Gov. Cooper's Executive Orders 124 and 142, Blue Ridge remains committed in our efforts by continuing to suspend disconnects and waiving penalty and late fees for electric members until October. However, we encourage everyone with a past due balance (including Flexpay members) to call us by August 31 at 1-800-451-5474 to set up a special payment plan or ask us about crisis assistance from the In This Together Relief Fund.
Watauga Community Solar Garden Coming Soon
A community solar garden for Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation members in Watauga County is coming soon!
The solar garden will be located near the cooperative’s Sherwood Substation at 1194 Charlie Thompson Rd in Vilas.
The effort is part of an initiative to construct and offer participation in community solar gardens this fall across the cooperative’s service area in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany counties. Each will be a 100 kW (kilowatt) array consisting of more than 350 ground mounted solar panels that will cumulatively power 60 average households. Pricing options are currently being developed for subscribing to the energy rights of one or more solar panels.
Renewable energy currently makes up six percent of Blue Ridge Electric’s power supply and that percentage is growing. Community solar gardens will empower cooperative members to choose to receive a greater portion of their electricity from solar energy.
More details on how to participate will be announced soon and members interested in participating can notify Blue Ridge by signing up at www.BlueRidgeEMC.com/solar.
Community solar is an effective way to offer members access to renewable energy because they are sited for optimal solar energy production. Solar gardens are ideal for those concerned about the upfront costs or maintenance of installing solar panels on their home’s roof. Additionally, community solar benefits all members by helping reducing overall power demand.
Blue Ridge Electric is committed to making its members lives better by offering innovative, powerful solutions such as community solar. The cooperative serves some 74,000 members.