Community members in the Shenandoah Valley have formed a solar co-op! The group is open to Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, and Rockingham County residents and businesses. 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 group has issued a request for proposals from area installers. Installers can download the RFP here and the response template here. Proposals are due March 30 by 4:59 p.m.
The Mountain And Valley Solar Co-op is organized by the Rockbridge Area Conservation Council, Climate Action Alliance of the Valley, Virginia Clean Cities, James Madison University’s Center for Wind Energy, and VA SUN.
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Join us to learn more:
Solar home tour
Saturday, April 1, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Solar homes of co-op members
800 N. Lee Highway (Tour will meet in parking lot of Tractor Supply Co. at 1 p.m. and caravan to homes)
Solar open house
Sunday, April 2, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Solar home of a co-op member
699 East Beverley Street
How does the solar co-op work?
The group is open to Augusta County, Highland County, Rockbridge County, and Rockingham County residents and businesses. 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:
- 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 Mountain And Valley Solar Co-op in the subject line.
Co-op in the news
- “He helps energize the Valley with solar power,” Staunton News Leader (February 2017)
- “Meeting in downtown Harrisonburg to form new solar co-op,” WHSV-TV (February 2017)
- “New Solar Options for Homeowners,” WMRA-FM (February 2017)
- “Solar co-op coming to the Valley,” Staunton News Leader (February 2017)
- “Shenandoah Valley residents form solar co-op,” Augusta Free Press (February 2017)
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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.