The 43-member Mountain and Valley Solar Co-op today issued a request for proposals (RFP) from area solar installers. The group members created the co-op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. Rockbridge Area Conservation Council, Climate Action Alliance of the Valley, Virginia Clean Cities, James Madison University’s Center for Wind Energy, and VA SUN are the co-op sponsors. The group will also be hosting an information meeting on April 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Waynesboro Public Library (600 South Wayne Avenue, Waynesboro, VA 22980) to educate the community about solar and the co-op process.
Local installers interested in serving the group can click here to download the RFP and click here to download the response template. Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, and Rockingham County residents and businesses interested in joining the co-op can sign up at the co-op webpage.
Joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase panels. Co-op members will select a single or two companies to complete all of the installations. They will then have the option to purchase panels individually based on the installer’s group rate. By going solar as a group and choosing a single installer, participants can save up to 20% off the cost of their system.