The Massanutten Regional Solar Co-op Registration Deadline Has Passed
The deadline to sign up for the co-op has now passed. Over 165 community members in Rockingham, Page and Shenandoah Counties, as well as Harrisonburg signed up for the co-op. Since being selected to serve the co-op, Independent Solar Solutions completed over 30 installations!
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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. VA SUN and Climate Action Alliance of the Valley are supporting the group effort. The group will complete the following process to ensure a smooth and organized experience for everyone involved:
- Massanutten Co-op Info Sheet
- Virginia solar co-ops FAQ
- Ground-mounted solar panels
- Solar and homeowners association rules in Virginia (guidance from MDV-SEIA)
- Virginia Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) info sheet
Feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions.
Recently, Massanutten Co-op member Joy Loving provided an extensive overview of project models for increasing solar adoption in Virginia. Take a look:
Co-op in the news
- “The power of the sun,” The Valley Banner (October 2015)
- “Interview with Joy Loving,” Hello Harrisonburg (September 2015)
- “JMU Students Take Action,” WHSV-TV (September 2015)
- “Co-ops Working Together to Save,” Mountain Courier (September 2015)
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 DC SUN with support and access to a national network of solar homeowners, practitioners, partners, policy experts, and policy makers.