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Celebrating Cooperatives in October


Nolin RECC puts people first

Before Nolin RECC formed in 1938 to bring power to Hardin, LaRue and surrounding counties, rural life was hard with many people having no electric light, heat or refrigeration. But a simple philosophy that guided our founders still holds true today: We help people best by working together to improve lives.That principle is why we exist. It’s why we’re celebrating National Cooperative Month in October, and why this month we’re reflecting on our proud past and the bright future ahead.


Our parents and grandparents planted the cooperative model here. When the utilities serving cities would not provide power to the countryside, local farmers joined together, formed our co-op and built their own power supply system.

Their vision of working together for a better life didn’t stop there. Since those early days, Nolin has grown tremendously. Today, we serve nearly 34,000 members across nine counties. Even though the areas where we distribute power have much less population—four to six times fewer people per mile to spread operating costs—than utilities serving cities, we are competitive on rates.

We’re proud of our history and also embracing the future. Last year, we helped build Cooperative Solar Farm One, one of the largest solar farms in Kentucky. It provides enough electricity to power 1,000 homes.

Cooperative principles, such as supporting local communities, still guide us today. We do that by providing scholarships to students, sponsoring Honor Flights for veterans, helping families facing illnesses at Ronald McDonald Houses and sponsoring athletes at the Special Olympics.

Putting people first. That’s what we do. That’s our purpose, and that’s the cooperative way.

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