Upper Piedmont Solar Co-op

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.

Co-op members selected Sigora Solar to serve the group through an open an competitive bidding process. The company is in the process of developing personalized proposals for each co-op member. The group is accepting new sign ups through October 31.

The James Madison University Center for Wind Energy, Farm to Table Solutions, and Powered By Facts have partnered with VA SUN to organize the Upper Piedmont Solar Co-op.

Join us for an information session to learn more

Saturday, September 23, 10 a.m.
Little Washington Town Hall
485 Gay Street
Washington, VA 22747

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Ready to sign up? Click here!

A recorded info meeting for those who can’t attend the meeting in person!

Watch a recorded information meeting to learn more.

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

Co-op videos

Testimonial from solar co-op members Bob Biersack and Chris Wise.

Still have questions? Email solarteam@vasun.org and be sure to mention the Upper Piedmont Solar Co-op in the subject line.

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VA SUN is a project of Community Power Network (CPN), a network of grass roots, local, state, and national organizations working to build and promote locally based renewable energy projects 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 organized her neighbors 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.