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Community Solar Project Update

There is still time to purchase a unit in KEC’s Community Solar Project. The 50KW solar array is located in Worley and members may purchase individual units for $475. Each unit represents a portion of the energy produced by the solar array. The solar array is divided into 288 units and each unit is expected to generate approximately 234 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year. 

More than a utility. A lifeline.

When neighbors are in need, we take action through Operation Round Up® grants. Last year, 30 local nonprofits and community groups received $68,454 to help with everything from energy payment assistance to various health care and school programs.

Protecting and Preserving Our Environment

Because we are part of the community we serve, Kootenai Electric Cooperative is concerned about protecting and preserving our environment. That’s why when needed we install platforms to protect birds and reduce outages. Birds, like osprey, often build nests on our power poles.

More than opinions. Expertise.

Many of our members like the idea of solar power. We do, too. We have several options ready to help you shine. KEC’s energy experts can give members advice on managing energy use and answer questions about how to add renewable energy to their homes. When you become a KEC member, you find more than power. You find a local connection. 

Who Owns What

Knowing the safety precautions and legal responsibilities of your electric service is important for all KEC members. You may not be aware of what equipment is the homeowner’s responsibility and what is KEC’s responsibility. Electric meters are the property of KEC. Removing the meter with current flowing through it can lead to an electrical explosion. The person working with the meter could be injured or killed.

We Clear Power Lines to Protect You and Your Service

Trees add tremendous value to our homes and communities. They are a source of beauty in our landscapes, provide food and shelter for people and wildlife, shade our communities, provide oxygen and offer a multitude of other benefits. However, trees growing near power lines present some real challenges. They can cause power outages, fuel fires and can be deadly to our employees and members when not properly managed. 

How Can We Better Serve You?

We are always looking for better ways to serve you. It’s amazing what we learn through listening and observation. New products and services are more likely to gain the satisfaction of members when their introduction follows market research. 

Look Out for Scams

It’s unfortunate that in today’s world, scams are inevitable. Scammers can threaten us with everything from legal action involving the IRS to turning off power to our home. Utility scams often involve an individual or group posing as an employee of your electric cooperative. The scammer may use threatening language to create a sense of urgency in order to frighten you into offering your credit card or bank account information. Don’t fall victim to these types of scams.

Gate Locks & Combos

If KEC equipment is behind a locked gate on your property, please be sure we have either a key or combination to that lock so crews have access during outages and other work. Failure to provide KEC with this can slow down the outage restoration process. Also, please keep us updated if you change the locks or combinations. KEC can provide members with a lock to interlock with their own so we can access our equipment. Call 208.765.1200 for details.

KEC Warns of Utility Scam

Kootenai Electric Cooperative (KEC) would like to warn its members about a scam that has impacted our business members. According to reports, scammers have contacted KEC members claiming to be with another local utility claiming their bill is overdue and needs to be paid immediately. When questioned, the scammers claim they are being contracted by Kootenai Electric. If payment is refused, they will threaten to change their meter and disconnect the service. 

KEC members should follow these tips to avoid falling for this scam and others:


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