Upshur/Tucker/Randolph County Residents Forming Solar Co-Op To Go Solar Together And Get A Discount

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Buckhannon, WV - Neighbors in Upshur, Tucker and Randolph Counties have formed a solar co-op to make it easy to save on solar while building a community of solar supporters. The group is seeking more members and will be hosting an informational meeting on November 12 (details below). The group is working with WV SUN and is sponsored by the Tucker County Renewables Cooperative.

“This is a great opportunity for folks in the area to learn about solar energy and save some money,” said Corey Chase of the Tucker County Renewables Cooperative. “I am excited to watch the group grow.”

By going solar together as a group, the co-op gets a discount through its bulk purchasing power, saving an average of 20% compared to the cost of an individual installation. The co-op solicits competitive bids from local installers in order to get the most competitive pricing. The group then reviews bids with the help of WV SUN in an installer-neutral process. This ensures co-op members get quality systems from experienced contractors. Co-op members each get an individualized proposal for their home that reflects the group discount. Each co-op member will can then decide to go solar based upon this individualized proposal. There is no obligation to buy.

“Solar is a great way to make our communities more self-sufficient,” said Karan Ireland, WV SUN Program Director. “If you’ve ever thought about going solar, now is a great opportunity to do so.”

April Keating, of Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance, is excited about what this means for Central West Virginia. “I think a lot of people have wanted to go solar for a long time, but they didn’t know how to get started. There are new technologies that make solar more accessible to more people. This information session is a great way to get your questions answered and find out how you can benefit from producing your own power.“

WV SUN expands access to solar by educating West Virginia residents about the benefits of distributed solar energy, helping them organize group solar installations, and strengthening West Virginia’s solar policies and its community of solar supporters. The group has helped half a dozen West Virginia communities start solar co-ops.

Co-op information session:

November 12, 2015 6:00 pm

Upshur County Public Library
1150 Route 20 South Road
Buckhannon, WV 26201

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