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Residential-Scale Solar

Cooperative members across North Carolina are increasingly interested in harnessing the power of the sun to power their homes. Central Electric Cooperative is responding to the changing needs of our members, and we are working to incorporate renewable energy sources to our energy mix while also keeping costs as low as possible.

Solar generation is available only when the sun is shining, but it’s our job to make sure you have reliable, dependable power 24 hours a day, seven days a week, rain or shine, day and night. That’s why we must maintain an infrastructure (the “grid”) to meet energy needs and ensure an uninterrupted flow of energy, regardless of the weather.

A tool is available through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that estimates the energy production and cost of energy of grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) energy systems. The tool, PVWatts®, is a free application that allows consumers to easily develop estimates of the performance of potential PV installations. NREL is a third-party research laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and is not associated with Central Electric. Click on the image below to access the PVWatts Calculator.


As your local and trusted Touchstone Energy electric cooperative, we want to be your source for energy and information. Since solar power generation is rapidly becoming more widely available, in conjunction with Touchstone Energy, we put together this information to help answer questions you may have. After reviewing the materials, please contact us at 919-774-4900 or 1-800-446-7752.

If you are interested in residential scale solar, you’ll need to select one of the following rate schedules:


 to fill out the Purchased Power Rider Contract 

 to fill out the Small Consumer-Owned Generator Rider Contract

Or download the PDFs below.