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Powering the Future

GreyStone Power Using New Technology to Serve Members

GreyStone Power is no stranger to using innovative technology to make life better for the people it serves. From renewable, zero-emission energy to electric vehicles (EVs), the not-for-profit electric cooperative is already powering the future.

Interest is higher than ever for environmentally friendly, renewable energy. Members of GreyStone Power who want to support solar power without installing and maintaining a rooftop system can participate through the Cooperative Solar Program. Participants subscribe to blocks of solar energy from a large solar facility that the cooperative built, manages, and maintains at its Paulding County headquarters.

“Completed even before the headquarters building was constructed, this solar facility also adds more renewable energy to GreyStone’s power supply mix,” said Dept. Manager of Residential Energy Services Drew Hook.

: GreyStone Power member Autumn Ingram charges her EV at one of two EVBox Level 2 charging stations at the cooperative’s headquarters office. She speaks with Drew Hook, GreyStone’s Dept. Manager of Residential Energy Services, about the benefits of driving electric.

“Additional solar projects are underway that will help GreyStone Power deliver even more renewable energy,” said Hook. “If all goes as planned, the cooperative will have enough solar by the end of 2021 to power about 9,500 homes per year.”

GreyStone’s energy advisors are available to help with the facts, costs, and benefits of solar, including if rooftop solar is the right fit for a member’s home or business. As a trusted energy partner, GreyStone Power serves as a resource for sustainable energy and new technology, like EVs.

For those considering EVs, GreyStone Power’s Chevy Bolt helps energy advisors share firsthand knowledge about this smart transportation choice. Resources and information are also available on the co-op’s website. Free online tools include a calculator that shows the potential savings of driving electric and a location finder for EV charging stations.

Members who already own an EV appreciate the co-op’s residential electric vehicle rate and the lower price they pay for charging during off-peak times, such as during the night.

“Additional controls such as timers and Wi-Fi connectivity allow the member to choose when the vehicle charges,” said Hook. “Scheduling charge times during off-peak hours is a plus for members on the EV rate.”

Two EV charging stations available at GreyStone’s new Paulding County headquarters provide convenient access for visiting members to power up—each station can charge two cars at a time. The co-op has additional EV chargers on the property for employees’ use.

In March, GreyStone also introduced a $250 EV charger rebate to help residential members offset the cost of installing a Level 2 charger at their homes. This charger is four to six times faster than using a standard home outlet, giving members convenience and efficiency.

GreyStone Power is a member-owned cooperative providing electricity and related services to more than 122,000 members in eight counties, including portions of Fulton, Paulding, Douglas, Cobb, Carroll, Bartow, Fayette, and Coweta counties. More information is available at GreyStonePower.com.

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