Community members in Berkeley and Morgan Counties have formed a solar co-op! Co-op members receive fair and competitive pricing and have the support of fellow co-op members and WV SUN throughout the process. WV SUN is proud to partner with the West Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club and the League of Women Voters-WV to help expand the group.
The Berkeley & Morgan Counties Solar Co-op is seeking community partners to help promote the co-op. Contact Autumn Long (firstname.lastname@example.org) if your organization is interested in partnering with WV SUN to grow the co-op and coordinate outreach events!
Watch a recorded information session to learn more.
How does the solar co-op work?
Based on the same principle as buying in bulk, co-op members purchase solar systems together to save money and share knowledge. The group uses a competitive bidding process to select a single company that will install systems on all of the participating homes. Each participant signs his or her own contract with the installer, but everyone gets the same pricing and equipment options. By going solar as a group we receive fair and competitive pricing for solar and have the support of the group instead of navigating an often-complicated process alone. WV SUN and Community Power Network are supporting the group effort. The group will complete the following process to ensure a smooth and organized experience for everyone involved:
How much will going solar with the co-op cost?
Below are estimates for the costs and incentives available for two solar installations — a smaller 4 kilowatt system and a larger 8 kilowatt system. Your cost is likely to fall between these two examples, depending on how big your roof is and what you’re able to afford.
Still have questions? Email the WV SUN team at email@example.com, and be sure to mention the Berkeley & Morgan Counties Solar Co-op in the subject line!
Co-op in the news
- “Eastern Panhandle residents forming solar co-ops to go solar together,” In the Panhandle (August 2017)
WV SUN is a project of (CPN), a network of grass roots, local, state, and national organizations working to build and promote locally based and policies. CPN’s founder and executive director, Anya Schoolman, formed the group after she tried to install solar on her Mt. Pleasant home in 2007 and saw how challenging the process was at the time. She to help make the process easier and more affordable and has been helping others through the process nationwide ever since. CPN provides WV SUN with support and access to a national network of solar homeowners, practitioners, partners, policy experts, and policy makers.