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A first-class standby-generator package
Jan 1, 2017

Old Man Winter is in control of our weather from now until sometime in March. Consequently, storm emergencies are at the forefront of our minds here at Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative. I'm proud to declare the cooperative's 7,000-mile network of distribution power lines to be in excellent condition. Be that as it may, heavy snow and ice are each capable of creating big problems across our system.

Weather events that inflict major destruction can produce power outages that last for days. If the damage is extensive enough, our most-strenuous efforts cannot get the power back on within a time that's satisfactory to either us or our members. While prolonged service interruptions don't suit us one bit, there is an alternative available to our members.

Blue Ridge has an in-house employee team that's devoted to the design, installation, and ongoing testing and maintenance of member-owned standby generators. These folks are experts at what they do. They can come to a member's home and put into place a first-class, turn-key generator installation. Then, should the power fail, the generator would engage immediately and maintain a steady flow of electricity. If someone has already purchased another supplier's generator, but is unhappy with its performance, maintenance, or other issues, we could very well help out with that too.

The cooperative has generator-installation/maintenance packages that include financing for both members and non-members. However, as a Blue Ridge member, you are eligible for especially attractive terms and discounts. Documentation for the loan application would require only a copy of the member's recent electric bill and a tax receipt or some other proof of land/home ownership. The applicant would also need to pass a credit check.

Upon credit approval, you will have no down payment to purchase a generator and 36 60 months to repay the loan. For added convenience, your payment can be added to your monthly power bill. The entire process will take minimal time with a loan closing scheduled within 3-4 days.

Whenever winter weather visits the Upstate, you can know Blue Ridge will employ every resource to repair the damage and restore service as quickly as humanly possible. As an added safeguard against the ravages of nature, you might consider securing a quality generator as a remedy for those unwelcome electric-service interruptions. Please stop by or contact any of our local cooperative offices for more details about this program.

Sincerely,

Charles E. Dalton



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