TAPPING INTO THE POWER OF THE SUN 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 14, 2017 

 

MITCHELLInd. – Officials from Orange County REMC dedicated a new solar array on State Road 37 today that will turn sunshine into electricity for homes and businesses throughout the Orange County REMC service area.  

The 3,900-panel array is capable of generating one megawatt, enough electricity to power about 150 homes annually as the panels rotate east to west to follow the sun. 

 

Orange County REMC worked with Hoosier Energy, the electric cooperative’s power supplier, to identify a prime location for the array.  

 

“As a cooperative, our focus is always local,” said Matt Deaton, CEO of Orange County REMC, which serves more than 7,800 members in Orange, Lawrence, Martin, Crawford and Washington counties.  

 

“Thanks to this project, we are in a better position to learn how to best tap into the power of the sun and bring renewable energy to our members,” he added. 

 

The solar array is the eighth in a 10-site solar project that is part of Hoosier Energy’s “all-of-the-above” power supply strategy to further the cooperative commitment of affordability, reliability and community for its membership and the consumers they serve.  

 

Orange County Solar Dedication
Employees surround Eugene Roberts, Orange County REMC director and a member of the Hoosier Energy Board; Matt Deaton, CEO of Orange County REMC and Steve Smith, President and CEO of Hoosier Energy, as they dedicate the co-op’s new solar array.

 

Media Contacts: 

Orange County REMC: Mark Belcher mbelcher@myremc.coop | 812-486-7280 

Hoosier Energy: Mary Lynn Beaver mbeaver@hepn.com | 317-752-5991 

 

ABOUT ORANGE COUNTY REMC 

Orange County Rural Electric Membership Corporation, located in Orleans, Indiana, is a member-owned electric power corporation. Orange County REMC is a Touchstone Energy® Cooperative which is a national alliance of cooperatively-owned electric utilities that are active members of their local communities committed to serving residential, commercial, and industrial customers with integrity, accountability, innovation and community involvement. More than 750 Touchstone Energy® cooperatives in 46 states are delivering electric power and energy solutions to millions of customers every day. 

 

ABOUT HOOSIER ENERGY 

Hoosier Energy is a generation and transmission cooperative (G&T) with headquarters in Bloomington, Indiana. The G&T provides electric power and services to 18 electric distribution cooperatives in central and southern Indiana and southeastern Illinois. Hoosier Energy operates the coal-fired Merom Generating Station, three natural gas power plants, several renewable energy facilities and a 1,700-mile transmission network. For more information, visit www.hoosierenergy.com.