Many Cooperative members are interested in owning renewable energy systems, particularly solar and wind, for their homes, businesses, or farming operations. A common question asked is how much money can be saved in future electricity costs in comparison to the investment. There are many variables that have an impact on the economic viability of a  machine.  


Sumner-Cowley Electric Cooperative can help you answer these questions if you are considering a renewable system.  We have made documentation and FAQ sheets available for our members.  If you have additional questions or concerns please contact Sumner-Cowley Electric Engineer Jordan Creed via email or call 888-326-3356.


  •         Project Costs

  •         Interest rates

  •         Electricity generated

  •         Retail electric rate

  •         Project life

  •         Grants and loans

  •         O&M costs

  •         Electricity consumed

  •         Utility's avoided cost of generation  

  •         Discount rate

Since interest in solar power generation is growing, we put together a series of fact sheets to help answer questions you might have. Contact us for more information about solar and assistance in making decisions about whether solar is a good option for you.

As with any major home improvement project, purchasing from the right installer/contractor is every bit as important as the product you are purchasing. Due diligence is critical to ensure you get the best system, for a fair price, and that it’s installed correctly and on time.

Arrays can be small— from a few panels to power a roadside warning sign or a remote cabin—up to a large array covering hundreds of acres as part of a utility-scale solar farm. 



Interconnecting to the Utility Grid

Interconnecting to the Utility

Solar Guidelines

Documents Required