There is a Phone Scam moving around the state of MN involving Electric Utilities. The caller states the power will be turned off unless immediate payment is made. The calls have been coming from 1-888-666-6702 Ext. 4. If you call the number back it may identify your local Utility, but it is not. If you receive a call of this type, please contact GCCEA at 800-927-6864. Do not give any form of payment over the phone to this caller.
Solar added to Wellspring Program!
Through Wellspring, members can purchase solar energy blocks for $2.00 per 100 kWh block. The amount you choose will be added to your monthly energy bill. This gives members the opportunity to support renewable energy without the cost of installing a generation system of their own. Those who participate are actually purchasing renewable energy credits or REC's. For every 1000 kWh's of renewable energy purchased, a REC is created. The REC embodies all of the environmental benefits of renewable energy and ensures that the power you are purchasing replaces electricity that would have been generated by conventional fossil fuels. If you would like to enroll in the Solar Welllspring Program click the Customer Service button at the top of the page and let us know how many blocks you would like to purchase per month. You can also call the office to join the program or if you have additional questions about Wellspring. There is no contract and you can opt out at any time.
Register for Outage Texting!
Visit the Outage Center page (tab at the top) and click on the SIGN UP link to register your account and phone for outage texting! You will be able to enter the word Outage along with a keyword and send it via text to 55050 to report an outage. That's it. No phone call to make, just a simple message and dispatch will be alerted. Make sure you read the instructions (along the left hand side) while you are signing up. You need to register your account number, phone number, and a keyword (such as 'home' or 'farm') in order for the feature to work properly.
20 kW Solar Installation is Complete!
As a member of Great River Energy, your cooperative's power supplier, GCCEA was given the opportunity to be part of a collaborative effort to evaluate the impact of solar energy on the electric grid. Great River Energy took the lead in designing, building, and owning 18 projects around the state at local cooperatives. Each installation has a generating capacity of at least 20 kW and in total will provide 500,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy annually. Most of the packaged system designs, including the one here at GCCEA, include panels made by tenKsolar which is a Minnesota company. Along with providing renewable energy, these systems will give Great River Energy access to key data such as how many kilowatt-hours to expect from an installation and when to expect it. This data will help develop strategies for the most efficient use of this additional resource. If you would like to see more about the projects at Great River Energy or take a look at the real-time data from the GCCEA installation, follow the links below.
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