Neighbors across Rockbridge County area formed a solar co-op to increase the use of solar energy in their community and to lower installation and equipment costs through a bulk purchase process. Co-op members selected Sigora Solar as the group’s bulk purchase installer, and since then, over 35 co-op members went solar with Sigora!
The group was facilitated by VA SUN and sponsored by the Lexington, Rockbridge County, Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce, Rockbridge Area Conservation Council, and the Boxerwood Nature Center & Woodland Garden with support from community partners Main Street Lexington and Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund.
The Rockbridge Area Solar Co-op is no longer accepting new members. However, VA SUN recently launched the Mountain and Valley Solar Co-op, open to residents of Rockbridge, Rockingham, Augusta, and Highland Counties. Visit the new co-op’s webpage to learn more and sign up!
Co-op in the news
- “Solar Co-op Issues RFP From Installers,” The News-Gazette (December 2015)
- “Letter: Interested In Solar Power For Your Home?,” The News-Gazette (November 2015)
- “Rockbridge Co. Residents Form Solar Co-Op to Go Solar Together, Get a Discount,” Alleghany Journal News (October 2015)
- “Solar Co-op Plans Second Meeting,” The News-Gazette (October 2015)
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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 DC SUN with support and access to a national network of solar homeowners, practitioners, partners, policy experts, and policy makers.