South Kentucky RECC celebrated Earth Day last month by catching some rays.

Before you start getting visions of beaches and swimsuits, know that it refers to the Earth-friendly work we're accomplishing at our Cooperative Solar One farm.

Since it began generating electricity from the sun's rays in late 2017, this renewable energy project has continuously exceeded expectations. It is one of Kentucky's largest sun-to-electricity farms. South Kentucky RECC joined with 16 other Kentucky Touchstone Energy Cooperatives to build the 60-acre solar farm that is visible along Interstate 64 near Winchester. Sporting more than 32,000 photovoltaic panels, the farm produces enough sun-powered electricity to supply the power needs of about 1,000 Kentucky homes.

Participating in Cooperative Solar is one way SKRECC demonstrates our everyday commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship. It also allows us to provide an easy and affordable choice for co-op members who want to help the environment and future generations by powering their home or business with renewable energy.

Want to check out the solar farm for yourself? Free tours are available on the last Friday of each month at 1:30 p.m. Please let us know you'll be joining us by emailing info@cooperativesolar.com. If you have 10 or more people, contact us and we'll schedule a tour just for your group.

If you visit, you'll discover that the sun isn't the only thing being harvested there. Among other environmental stewardship projects on the farm is a habitat that accommodates insects to pollinate flowers and plants. Last year, the beehives on the farm yielded 76 pounds of honey - a sweet reward for caring for our Kentucky home.

Earth Day is April 22, a time when many of us pause to think about how our actions and decisions affect our planet. At South Kentucky RECC, catching the sun's rays and generating electricity from them is just one of the ways we're powering a bright future every day. No sunglasses or sunscreen required.

To learn more about participating in South Kentucky RECC's Cooperative Solar program, visit www.CooperativeSolar.com.

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