Sorry, the deadline to join the Kanawha Solar Co-op has passed. Nearly 75 people signed up to go solar. Click here if you would like to be notified when a new co-op forms in the area.
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 20-30% off the cost of a solar system. You’ll also have the support of the group instead of navigating an process alone. Local partners and WV SUN are supporting the group effort. Here’s the process for the co-op:
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. Remember, any amount of solar is great! You can always start with a small system if that is what you budget allows.
Co-op in the news
- “Kanawha County solar group continues to grow,” Charleston Gazette-Mail (January 2016)
- “Solar Co-op information session,” Charleston Gazette-Mail (January 2016)
- “Solar Co-op Set Up to Help Homeowners Save Money,” WSAZ-TV (May 2015)
- “Dozens attend solar co-op meeting,” Charleston Gazette (May 2015)
- “Cooperatives Forming In WV To Help Reduce Solar Costs,” WCHS-TV (May 2015)
- “Solar co-ops sprouting up across West Virginia, including Charleston,” Charleston Gazette (May 2015)
- “Solar co-ops developing across the state,” West Virginia Public Radio (May 2015)
- “Solar co-ops sprouting across West Virginia,” Charleston Daily Mail (May 2015)
- “Solar energy session,” Charleston Gazette (May 2015)
Check out our useful information sheets below. We also have a recording of an information meeting in Morgantown –
- Check out some Frequently Asked Questions
- Learn about Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs)
- Learn about the REAP (an incentive program for businesses and farmers installing solar)
Still have questions? Email Karan Ireland (firstname.lastname@example.org) and be sure to mention the Charleston Solar Co-op in the subject line.