WV SUN and OH SUN are excited to collaborate on the cross-border Huntington Solar Co-op. Residents on both sides of the river in the greater Huntington area are encouraged to join this new solar co-op group. Co-op members will use their group buying power to get a discounted price for solar panels. If you’ve ever wanted to go solar and live in Huntington, now is your chance! West Virginia residents can sign up below. Ohio residents can sign up here.
The co-op has selected installer Solar Holler to serve the group. Co-op members chose Solar Holler through an open and competitive bidding process. Solar Holler is in the process of developing personalized proposals for each co-op member. The co-op is open to new sign ups until August 19.
The Huntington Solar Co-op is sponsored by the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC), Marshall University Sustainability Department, Huntington League of Women Voters, Ohio Interfaith Power and Light, OH SUN, and WV SUN.
Watch a recorded information session to learn more about the co-op.
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 bulk discount. By going solar as a group we can save up to 20% off the cost of a solar system. You’ll also have the support of the group instead of navigating an often-complicated process alone. WV SUN, OH 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 small 3 kilowatt system and a large 9 kilowatt system. Your cost will almost certainly fall between these two examples, depending on how big your roof is and what you’re able to afford.
Still have questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to mention the Huntington Solar Co-op in the subject line.
Co-op in the news
- “Preparing for solar co-op,” Gallipolis Daily Tribune (July 2017)
- “Learn about solar options at Chat ‘n’ Chew,” Huntington Herald-Dispatch (June 2017)
- “Huntington Solar Co-op selects Solar Holler to serve group,” Huntington News (May 2017)
- “Huntington Solar Co-Op Hoping to Gain Energy,” West Virginia Public Radio (February 2017)
- “River Cities Report,” WCHS-TV (February 2017)
- “Huntington residents look to go solar,” The Parthenon (February 2017)
- “Huntington residents forming solar co-op,” Herald-Dispatch (January 2017)
Ready to go solar? Sign up below!
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.