Aaron O'Shea, right, and Tom Bigelow of Contractors Building Supply install solar panels at Cherryland Electric Cooperative on U.S. 31 in Grawn Monday. The two were expected to install up to 32 solar panels Monday as part of the cooperative's venture into solar. Cherryland will retain ownership of the solar panels, then lease them to customers for a one-time fee of $470 per panel. Customers will receive an approximate $2 rebate per bill in return. Participating customers can expect to break even on the investment in about 20 years. That time frame could be shortened with energy optimization credits for customers.
The size of the project could offer 360 panels or more over the long-term.