Solar co-ops

Image courtesy of Alt Energy

Image courtesy of Alt Energy

Want to go solar but aren’t sure where to start? Communities around Virginia are forming groups to make it easy to save on solar and build a community of solar supporters.

Current programs

Don’t see a co-op near you? Sign up for the VA SUN newsletter to learn about solar co-ops as they launch across the state.  

Past programs

How do co-ops work?

There are all sorts of groups popping up around the state and each one is a little different. Some are called “solarize” programs, others called “solar co-ops.” In general, the approach is that a group of neighbors go solar together in order to get a discount.

VA SUN and our parent organization, Community Power Network, are helping some these groups get started. We provide technical assistance and advice, but each solarize program is run by and for its members. In the end, everyone gets the best, most affordable solar installation possible. Our process is as follows:


Want to start a co-op program in your community?

Want to help your community go solar? Contact Aaron Sutch at to get started organizing a co-op in your town. To make a project happen you usually need about 20 community members that are interested in going solar. If you can organize an info session and invite neighbors, we can take care of the presentation and logistics of soliciting bids from local installers.