Sorry, the deadline to join the Wheeling Solar Co-op has passed. Nearly 100 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. Wheeling Green Table 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
Solar celebration WTOV-TV (November 2015)
Solar Co-ops Seeking Proposals from Solar Companies West Virginia Public Radio (June 2015)
“Residents forming solar co-op in Wheeling,” WVOT-TV (May 2015)
“Solar Co-Op Seeking Members,” The Intelligencer (April 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 that Takoma Park, MD. Some of the details are specific to Maryland, but most of the general information applies.
Still have questions? Email Karan Ireland at firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to mention the Wheeling Solar Co-op in the subject line.