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Community, sunlight, and lineman appreciation

By Debra Gibson Isaacs from August 2013 Issue

Community, sunlight, and lineman appreciation

Credit: Candi Waford

Gary Warford and James Crume discuss the different aspects of their work as linemen with children at Painted Stone Elementary School during an electrical safety presentation.

New name for community program
HICKMAN
"Change for the Community." The new name "better describes what we wish to accomplish with our charitable program," says Greg Grissom, manager of Hickman-Fulton Counties Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation.

Members can participate by voluntarily having their monthly bill rounded up to the next highest dollar, and those funds are then donated to charitable organizations and community efforts within Hickman-Fulton RECC's service territory.

"For approximately $6 a year, this program gives families a way to use the power of our co-op family to raise a hefty amount of money to better our community," says Grissom. "We're local, member-owned, and nonprofit, so this really fits us."

Co-op solar support
HOPKINSVILLE
Pennyrile Electric has been awarded $3.1 million to support construction of a new 5 megawatt solar photovoltaic system in Christian County. When complete, the system will generate more than 6,651 MWh of electricity each year—enough to power 463 homes—while avoiding 4.7 million tons of CO2 emissions every year.

"We are pleased to take part in such a significant project," says Eston Glover, president & CEO of Pennyrile Electric. "It is important that we explore opportunities like these, which promote electric generation from a variety of resources in our area."

Thank you, linemen
SHELBYVILLE
"Shelby Energy would like to give a big thank you to our line technicians," says Debra Martin, president and CEO of Shelby Energy Cooperative. "We are not only thankful for the important work they do each day, but also for giving their time to participate in community events and traveling to other cooperatives to help out when bad weather strikes."

Everyone at the co-op celebrated the line technicians on April 18, now officially Lineman Appreciation Day in Kentucky. Martin says, "Thanks once more to the people who keep the power flowing."