|Rockbridge Co. Residents Form Solar Co-Op to Go Solar Together, Get a Discount|
Lexington, VA (Oct. 29, 2015) - Neighbors in Rockbridge County have formed a solar co-op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. TheÂ Rockbridge Area Conservation Council,Â Main Street Lexington, theÂ Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund, Boxerwood Nature CenterÂ andÂ VA SUNÂ are the co-op sponsors. The group is seeking members and will host an information meeting November 5 in Lexington (details below) to educate the community about solar and the co-op process.
â€śWeâ€™re forming this co-op to make saving money with solar energy as simple as possible,â€ť said Bob Biersack, one of the organizers. â€śWorking with the group helps members learn about the technology so they feel confident in their decision to go solar.â€ť
VA SUN expands access to solar by educating Virginians about the benefits of distributed solar energy, helping them organize group solar installations, and strengthening Virginiaâ€™s solar policies, as well as its community of solar supporters. The group has helped hundreds of Virginians go solar.
â€śI am excited to work with Rockbridge residents to educate them about the benefits of solar energy,â€ť said Aaron Sutch, VA SUN Program Director. â€śIf youâ€™ve ever thought about going solar before, this is the perfect opportunity to do so.â€ť
Rockbridge County residents interested in joining the co-op can sign up at theÂ co-op website. Joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase panels. Once the group is large enough, VA SUN will help the co-opÂ solicit competitive bids from area solar installers.
Co-op members will select a single company to complete all of the installations. They will then have the option to purchase panels individually based on the installerâ€™s group rate.Â By goingÂ solar as a group and choosing a single installer, each participant generally saves up to 20% off the cost of their system.
Information Session Details
November 5, 6:30 p.m.
Old County Courthouse
2 South Main Street, Lexington
(For more information on the local coop visit the RACC website at rockbridgeconservation.org/ or go to the local co-opâ€™s page at vasun.org.