Homeowners in Tucker and Randolph Counties formed a solar co-op! Co-op members used their group buying power to get a discounted price for solar panels. The co-op selected Praxis Solar to serve as the group installer. Since then, Praxis has been working with co-op members to design custom systems and install them on members’ roofs.
The Tucker/Randolph Solar Co-op recently closed to new members. If you live in the area and missed the deadline to sign up for the co-op, join the WV SUN newsletter to learn of new co-ops as they launch in your area!
Watch a pre-recorded information session to learn more.
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
- “Solar Co-op to host info session,” The Inter-Mountain (January 2016)
- “Sun power rising across West Virginia,” Charleston Gazette-Mail (November 2015)
- “New co-op could help area residents save on solar energy installations,” The Exponent-Telegram (November 2015)
- “Residents form solar cooperative,” The Inter-Mountain (November 2015)
- “Solar co-op forms, sets meeting,” The Exponent-Telegram (November 2015)
- “Upshur/Tucker/Randolph County Residents Forming Solar Co-Op To Go Solar Together And Get A Discount,” The Gilmer Free Press (November 2015)
Still have questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to mention Tucker/Randolph in the subject line.
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.