Sorry, the deadline to join the Morgantown Solar Co-op has passed. Nearly 100 people signed up for the co-op since it closed last year. Join the WV SUN newsletter to learn of new co-ops as they launch across the state.
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 process alone. Morgantown neighbors 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
“City marks completion of solar co-ops,” The Dominion Post (February 2016)
“Morgantown Solar Co-op Information Session,” WDTV-TV (September 2015)
“Morgantown Solar Co-op Approves Bid for Solar Panels,” WBOY-TV (July 2015)
“Solar Co-ops Seeking Proposals from Solar Companies,” West Virginia Public Radio (June 2015)
“Morgantown Solar Co-Op Seeks Affordable Alternative Energy Source,” WBOY-TV (June 2015)
“Morgantown solar co-op forming,” The Dominion Post (March 2015)
“Morgantown Municipal Green Team Discuss Solar Power,” WBOY-TV (February 2015)
“Non-Profit Organization Talks Ways To Lower Utility Bills,” WDTV-TV (February 2015)
“Solar Talks Take Place in Wheeling and Morgantown,” West Virginia Public Radio (February 2015)
Check out our useful information sheets below. We also have a recording of a recent info session at the Morgantown library.
- 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) and download this useful REAP factsheet
Still have questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to mention the Morgantown Solar Co-op in the subject line.