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Community Solar coming to Hatteras Island

CHEC is excited to announce the construction of a 50kW community solar facility on Hatteras Island.  In cooperation with our wholesale power provider, North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation (NCEMC), the solar project will be constructed on Hwy 12 next to the Hatteras Island Ocean Center in Hatteras Village.  The project will provide our members who are interested in solar generation an opportunity to participate, without making a significant financial obligation. CHEC members will be eligible to purchase the energy output from the 180 panel project. The energy rights for each panel will sell for a one-time fee, which will be determined once construction begins.  Participating members will receive a monthly bill credit for the energy produced.

”Community solar is an attractive option for our members who rent their homes, for members that do not have a south-facing roof, or for those who may not want to penetrate their roof in our coastal environment,” said Susan Flythe, CHEC General Manager and EVP. “Community solar makes solar accessible to all of our members.”

The community solar project will not require up-front costs to the cooperative.  CHEC’s purchase of energy and associated renewable credits from the project will also help us comply with the North Carolina Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (REPS) law that requires a percentage of kWh sales come from solar energy.  The project will also be a great educational resource for our Cape Hatteras schools.  Students and teachers will have access to the project’s online “Sunny Portal” and the data that it will provide.

For questions about the solar project, send an email to  Further information about purchasing the energy rights for panels will be available soon.


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