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Firelands Electric Cooperative hosts dedication, open house

By Norwalk Reflector staff • May 2, 2019 at 9:39 AM

NEW LONDON — More than 200 people attended the Firelands Electric Cooperative facility dedication and open house event Saturday at its new location, 103 Industrial Drive in New London.

Firelands Electric Cooperative moved into its new all-in-one facility Jan. 17, which is located on 15 acres within the village of New London. The building consists of a 12,180-square-feet office and 22,800-square-feet of warehouse space, which replaces the co-op’s former three inefficient buildings.

The new facility incorporates LED lighting, energy-efficient heat pumps in the office, radiant floor heating in the warehouse, foam insulation, and other innovative technologies — including an advanced IT network infrastructure. Members of the community were able to take self-guided tours of the office and warehouse areas in the new facility.

Guests were able to view electrical safety demonstrations and check out hands-on energy efficiency displays. Guests also had an opportunity to view the cooperative’s 50-kilowatt community solar array consisting of 152 (335-watt) panels, which are a generation resource currently being offered to the members under its OurSolar program. Those who attended were also able to check out the innovation of tomorrow’s automotive industry.

Local resident Dave Bailey had his Tesla Model 3 electric car on display during the open house and answered questions regarding his recent purchase.

Those in attendance also received free gifts and were able to register to win several prizes. Winners of the prize drawings include Stacy Smith, of New London, who won a 50-inch Vizio Smart TV, while Mary Fries, of Willard, and Jim Ropp, of Ashland, both won $100 bill credits.

Firelands Electric board president Dan Schloemer and general manager Dan McNaull unveiled a dedication plaque for the new facility. They commented on how the new facility was built for one purpose — “to serve the members to whom we are dedicating it to today.”

“This building is a commitment to the fine members and the community,” said McNaull. “It was built to serve many generations of Firelands Electric members.”

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