Co-op member profile: Glenn Ratliff

Glenn Ratliff had a 6 kw solar system installed on his home as part of the Halifax County Solar Co-op. He was kind enough to answer some common questions about his experience.

1. Why did you decide to go solar?

I wanted to lower electric utility costs.  Also, the installation of a system  appears to be a good return on investment, especially if utility rates rise.

2. Why did you opt to go solar with a co-op?

I like the support that the co-op offers. The process saved me time by having the co-op evaluate the potential installers. There is no substitute for experience and the co-op has done several of these throughout the state.

3. What advice would you give to someone considering going solar?

As with any major purchase, make sure you are comfortable with the solar install company. Also, try to learn as much as you can ahead of your purchase, but don’t worry if you don’t understand all the technical details. The benefit of having the co-op support is that a solar expert has reviewed your proposal, so you have confidence in your offer.

4. What surprised you most about the process?

I was surprised at how quickly the complete installation was performed. Also, I was pleased to see how uncomplicated the system is. The system can easily be disabled to perform maintenance. This does not interrupt utility service.