Community members across the Upper Piedmont area have formed a solar co-op! Open to residents of Winchester as well as Loudoun, Fauquier, Clarke, Warren, Frederick and Rappahannock Counties, the Upper Piedmont 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.
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Join us to learn more:
Solar information session
Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m.
Little Washington Town Hall*
485 Gay Street
Washington, VA 22747
*Note: This is a change from the original location, the Theatre, which recently sustained storm damage.
Thursday, July 13, 6:30 p.m.
100 West Piccadilly Street
Winchester, VA 22601
How does the solar co-op work?
The group is open to residents and businesses in the Upper Piedmont region (Loudoun, Fauquier, Clarke, Warren, Frederick and Rappahannock Counties). 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. Participant signs their 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:
Co-op in the news
- “The Rapp for June 22,” Rappahannock News (June 2017)
- “Meetings and notices for June 15,” Rappahannock News (June 2017)
- “60 attended information session for local solar co-op,” Winchester Star (May 2017)
- “New solar options for Shenandoah Valley Homeowners,” WHAG-TV (May 2017)
- “Solar power advocates look to start a co-op,” Winchester Star (May 2017)
|Testimonial from solar co-op members Bob Biersack and Chris Wise.
- 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 Upper Piedmont Solar Co-op in the subject line.
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.