For Immediate Release
July 26, 2012
Contact: Jim Cooper, Manager of Communications and Energy Services
Traverse City Light & Power
Office Phone: (231) 932-4560 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Online Sign-Up Now Available for L&P’s Community Solar Project
(Traverse City, Michigan) —Traverse City Light & Power (L&P) customers interested in participating in the proposed Community Solar project are now able to sign-up through L&P’s website, tclp.org.
The proposed Community Solar project would allow customers to purchase a 100 kilowatt hour “sun block” of solar generation, which would replace 100 kilowatt hours of mostly coal generation. Based on estimated project costs, each “sun block” would cost the customer an additional $16 a month.
The L&P board, at its July 10 meeting, approved moving forward with gauging customer interest in the project. Prior to performing further project analysis, which would include selecting a location for the project, L&P will need at least 59 customers to sign-up for one “sun block” to cover the cost of the project. The expected life of the project would be approximately 25 years.
Both residential and commercial customers would be able to participate in the project and would be allowed to purchase more than one “sun block” of solar generation. Construction is estimated to take place in 2013, after all project details and board approvals have been concluded.
Customers interested in participating in the project should fill out the form, which can be found by clicking on the Community Solar icon at the bottom of the homepage of L&P’s website. Those who sign-up will be offered the first opportunity to participate in the Community Solar project. Names will be put in the order received. Spaces are limited and it is anticipated that they will fill quickly. Project updates will also be emailed to customers who sign-up.
Traverse City Light & Power (www.tclp.org) is a community-owned, community focused municipal utility that offers reliable energy at low rates in the region to over 11,500 customers in Traverse City, and parts of Blair, East Bay, Elmwood, Garfield, Peninsula and Paradise townships.