Mon Power, Potomac Edison customers can start purchasing solar energy credits

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Mon Power and Potomac Edison customers can begin purchasing solar renewable energy credits as the utility companies move forward with five utility-scale solar projects in West Virginia.

The state Public Service Commission in April approved the construction of the projects following a determination about the proposed sites.

Will Boye, a spokesperson with parent company FirstEnergy, said Mon Power plans to build, own and operate:

— A 26-acre reclaimed ash disposal site in Berkeley County.
— A 51-acre site adjacent to a Mon Power substation in Hancock County.
— A 27-acre retired ash disposal site in Marion County.
— A 95-acre site in Monongalia County adjacent to Fort Martin Power Station.
— A 44-acre reclaimed strip mine property in Tucker County.

“When we are able to get customer commitments for 85% of a facility’s credit, then we will go back to the commission and seek final approval for a modest ratepayer surcharge to help cover the project cost,” Boye said.

According to Boye, homeowners and business leaders have become more interested in renewable energy to offset utility energy costs. Many industries and municipalities are also moving toward renewable energy sources to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“We have heard interest from customers — both residential and commercial — who really want to support renewable energy in the state and the economic development that goes with that,” he said.

A commercial subscription would be equivalent to a portion of monthly usage, but the final price is negotiable.

“You can sign up for $2 per month, which is a cup of coffee, and you’re supporting solar energy in the state and doing your part to support economic development and those benefits that come with renewable energy generation in the state,” Boye said.

Customers would see the change reflected on bills beginning in 2024. Mon Power and Potomac Edison estimate the total cost of operating at facilities would be $102.2 million with a maintenance expense of at least $1 million.





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