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Co-op members gathered at three trustee district meetings in late January 2020 to select candidates for the co-op’s board of trustees in Districts 2, 4 and 6. Incumbents Kelley... Continue Reading ›

As of 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4, the eye of Hurricane Dorian has nearly passed the state of Florida. The forecast calls for tropical storm force gusts and periods of heavy... Continue Reading ›

Clay Electric is following Hurricane Dorian’s movements and preparing for its possible arrival next week in North Florida. The co-op suggests everyone keep an eye on the projected... Continue Reading ›

Clay Electric is making pre-storm preparations for Hurricane Dorian and urges its members to do the same. Due to the anticipated storm track, the co-op is preparing for potential... Continue Reading ›

Clay Electric’s annual vehicle and equipment auction is going on now through April 30. More than 50 vehicles, pieces of equipment and other items are up for auction. Photos and... Continue Reading ›

A forecast team from Colorado State University has predicted a slightly below-average level of activity in the Atlantic basin this hurricane season. The CSU Tropical... Continue Reading ›

Solar Power

 

Power outage reminder for solar users
Remember: do not run your solar system during a power outage. Disconnect your solar system before using a generator. It could damage the inverter.

 

Installing Solar: The Basics

What does Clay Electric require from me?
Clay Electric will install a net meter. The member/contractor will need to supply:

  • an Interconnection Agreement
  • a copy of Personal Liability Insurance
  • ≤ 10kW requires $100,000
  • ≥ 10kW requires $1,000,000
  • PV Panel information
  • Inverter information
  • a line diagram of electrical connections
  • a county permit
  • a manual disconnect between the inverter and the home’s electrical panel

Common questions about photovoltaic systems

A Homeowner's Guide to Solar Electric Systems (PDF)

PV Net Metering Video

 

Co-op commits to solar power initiative; builds four systems

Clay Electric has installed 18-kW solar systems at four of its district offices: Orange Park, Palatka, Gainesville and Lake City. The purpose of the project is to offset energy consumption at the offices and provide members with real-time data and accurate information about solar systems.

The public can view what the Orange Park system is producing by clicking here. Information on the Palatka system can be accessed here. Websites for the Gainesville and Lake City system will be available soon.

The systems are about twice the size of a normal household system. More than 60 panels were attached to the roofs of each district office, which can generate more than 135 kWh daily when the sun is shining.

To learn more about solar energy, read the links below or contact the co-op’s Energy Services Division by emailing energyservices@clayelectric.com or calling 1-800-771-2325 ext. 8366.

Clay Electric does not install or supply solar systems, but only provides an interconnection to the electric utility grid.

 

Member Generated Power

Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc., through Clay Electric, will purchase electricity generated and delivered to Clay Electric from any of its members' qualifying small photovoltaic systems of 100kW or less, under the provisions of section 25 of the Miscellaneous Rate Charges.

Section 25 (Net Metering of Customer-Owned Renewable Generation) (PDF)

Notify Clay Electric if you receive power from an alternative energy source

The State of Florida requires that Clay Electric keep track of the amount of electricity received via customer-owned alternative energy sources. At present, the co-op has more than 1,000 members who own renewable (solar) systems that generate electricity for their homes. These systems generate electricity for home use and excess power is returned to Clay's distribution system. The co-op records, using a special meter, the amount of electricity returned to the co-op's system.

If you own or plan to have one of these systems installed, please make sure you've signed an Interconnection Agreement with Clay Electric. The State of Florida requires that all customers who have systems that are or will be connected to the electrical grid have an Interconnect agreement signed with the receiving utility. It is the member's responsibility to notify Clay that they're operating or plan to operate an alternative energy system. This is important for safety reasons and for billing purposes, and to ensure the member receives proper credit for putting power back into the co-op's distribution system.

Contact the co-op's Energy Services Division for more information.

Interconnection Agreement (PDF)

 

Videos

Check out this video for instructions on how to read and calculate your net meter with the advanced metering system.