Cherryland Electrical Cooperative Increases Renewable Power By 700 Percent

Cherryland Electrical Cooperative announced they’ve increased their renewable energy solar power by 700 percent.

In 2016, Cherryland, along with its power supplier, Wolverine Power Cooperative, launched a program to increase their renewable power.

At the time, Cherryland had half of a megawatt of renewable solar power in its system, but in just 18 short months, that number was raised to 2.8 megawatts.

Member participation was the focus of the program and ultimately led to its success.

“The ultimate success of this program is that it was us partnering with our members to increase renewable in our system. So we have projects as small as seven k-w up to one megawatt project up at Leelanau Fruit. All of them are owned by our members and together we’ve added almost two and a half megawatts of solar in our region,” members relations manager for Cherryland, Rachel Johnson said.

Cherryland plans to make an announcement in early July about their next solar program.