Neighbors in Monroe County have formed a solar co-op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. This is the second round of the Monroe County co-op! Unfortunately, the deadline to sign up has passed. If you live in the area but missed the sign-up deadline, join the WV SUN newsletter to learn of new co-ops as they launch near you.
How does the 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. The Monroe County Power Co-op 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.
Check out our useful information sheets below. We also have a recording of February’s (2015) initial 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 us at firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to mention the Monroe County Solar Co-op in the subject line.