Arlington Solar + EV Charging Co-op releases RFP, announces info session

By Zach Schalk on May 18, 2018

The 46-member Arlington Solar + EV Charging Co-op has issued a request for proposals (RFP) from area solar installers. Group participants created the co-op to save money and make going solar and installing level 2 EV chargers easier, while building a network of solar supporters. Virginia Clean Cities, EcoAction Arlington, Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy, and Solar United Neighbors are the co-op sponsors. The group also announced it will host an information meeting on Wednesday, July 11 at 7 p.m. at the Navy League Building (2300 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201) to educate the community about solar, level 2 EV chargers, and the co-op process. You can RSVP today.

Local installers interested in serving the group are encouraged to download the RFP and response template. Residents throughout Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax counties interested in joining the co-op can sign up at the co-op website.

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EV chargers are classified into three categories: level 1, level 2, and level 3 (DC Fast charging). The categories are defined by the power and rate at which they charge a vehicle, and the electric infrastructure required for installation and operation.
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Joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase panels or level 2 EV chargers. Co-op participants will select a single company to complete the installations. They will then have the option to purchase panels and/or level 2 EV chargers individually, based on the installer’s group rate. By working as a group with a single installer, participants can save off the cost of going solar and installing a level 2 EV charger and have the support of fellow group participants and solar experts at Solar United Neighbors.