Community members across the greater Arlington area have formed a solar co-op! Based in Arlington, but open to residents of Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax County, the Greater Arlington Solar Co-op welcomes homeowners from across the region. Co-op members can save up to 20% off the cost of going solar and have the support of fellow co-op members and VA SUN throughout the process.
The Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE) and Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE) have partnered with VA SUN to organize the Greater Arlington Solar Co-op. The co-op is now in the process of choosing an installer. Companies interested in serving the group can click to download the RFP and response template. Bids are due June 8 by 4:59 p.m.
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Solar open houses
Tour the solar home of a VA SUN solar co-op member, ask questions about solar and the solar co-op process, and connect with other homeowners who are interested in going solar:
Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Home of Paul Fuss and J.J. Gardiner
2431 S Culpeper St.
How does the solar co-op work?
The group is open to residents and businesses in the greater Arlington area (including Alexandria and Fairfax County). The group is facilitated by VA SUN and supported by community partners.
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. VA SUN is supporting the group effort. The group will complete the following process to ensure a smooth and organized experience for everyone involved:
|Footage of Potomac Solar Co-op Member Bonnie Beckett’s solar system.
Testimonial from Potomac Solar Co-op member Karen Smagala.
- Solar frequently asked questions
- Virginia Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) Info Sheet
- Information about ground-mounted solar panels
- Solar and homeowners association rules in Virginia (guidance from MDV-SEIA)
Still have questions? Email email@example.com and be sure to mention the Greater Arlington Solar Co-op in the subject line.
Co-op in the news
- “Residents Form Co-Op To Drive Down Solar Costs,” ARLNow (May 2017)
VA 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 VA SUN with support and access to a national network of solar homeowners, practitioners, partners, policy experts, and policy makers.