Working together: Answering your home solar questions

Marshall Cherry, President and CEO

At Roanoke Electric Cooperative, we are focused on supporting our member-owners and building a brighter future for our communities. Beyond our efforts to integrate renewables while upholding the reliability and affordability of electricity, we are also supporting changing community and individual needs, like increased interest in home solar installations.

As we are receiving more questions about home solar, our energy experts are dedicated to working with member-owners in assessing their home energy use and new energy technologies. We have also launched a solar toolkit at with clear information about this technology.

Embarking on a home solar project can be a big investment. And like any major investment, it is important to consider a range of personal, geographic and financial factors when determining the best fit for your home and family.

One of the most important questions to ask is: What are my goals? A recent study conducted across North Carolina’s electric cooperatives revealed that 56 percent of co-op member-owners who express an interest in home solar are interested because of perceived savings on their electric bill. If savings are your aim, please contact us. Our energy experts can walk through several home energy technologies and the impact they could have on energy use. This assessment could lead to an energy audit at your home that will yield recommendations for energy efficiency upgrades that can provide a faster return on your investment. Our Upgrade to $ave program will pay the upfront costs of these upgrades making these measures even more wallet-friendly.

If your motivation stems from environmental factors or the opportunity to embrace a growing technology, check out our Frequently Asked Questions. It provides information about how home solar works, and also shines a light on the most common questions we hear from member-owners, including: Is my home in a good location for solar? How could solar impact my energy bill? How would my home solar system interconnect with the grid? What other factors should I consider?

If you have researched home solar and it seems like a fit, we encourage you to contact us as your first step. We will provide you with important information about rates and grid interconnection agreements that you will need before entering into conversations with solar installers. While many installers are reputable and knowledgeable, there are more than 100 electric utilities in North Carolina, and it is possible that they may miss facts and details specific to our co-op.

As our cooperative works to evolve the electricity grid, we are proud to support all energy solutions that are a fit for our member-owners, uphold the safety and reliability of our grid and improve the diversity of our resources, while also ensuring that costs are not shifted to members without home solar panels.

Roanoke Electric is here to support you in meeting your energy goals. If you’re eyeing home solar, we hope you’ll connect with us soon to learn more about our interconnection process and get the accurate information you need to make an informed decision. Our team of experts are ready to help, and we look forward to continuing to work together with our members to build a brighter future for all.

To connect with an energy expert about your specific energy goals, call 252-209-2236.