The co-op is no longer accepting new members for the bulk purchase. More than three dozen homeowners joined the group before the sign-up deadline. Since then, members have begun signing contracts with the group installer and getting solar panels placed on their roofs. If you missed the sign-up deadline and are interested in joining a solar co-op, sign up for the WV SUN newsletter to learn of new co-ops as they launch in your area.
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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 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.
Co-op in the news
- “Mountain View Solar selected for project,” Dominion Post (October 2016)
- “Solar panel meeting held in Morgantown,” WDTV-TV (July 2016)
- “Solar co-op makes power cheaper,” Dominion Post (July 2016)
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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.