Neighbors in the lower Kanawha Valley and Metro Valley region have formed the Charleston-Huntington Solar Co-op to save money and make going solar easier, with the help of non-profit Solar United Neighbors. The co-op is seeking members and will host a series of free public information sessions to educate the community about solar and the co-op process. The first of these information sessions will take place April 27 as part of the West Virginia Solar Congress at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center. A second information session will be held May 22 in Huntington (details below).
Lower Kanawha Valley and Metro Valley homeowners and businesses interested in joining the co-op can sign up at the co-op web page. The solar co-op is free to join and joining is not a commitment to purchase panels. Once the group is large enough, Solar United Neighbors will help the co-op solicit competitive bids from area solar installers.
Co-op members will select a single company to complete all installations for the group. Members will then have the option to purchase panels individually based on the installer’s group rate. By going solar as a group and choosing a single installer, co-op members can save on the cost of going solar and have the support of fellow group participants and solar experts at Solar United Neighbors.
The co-op has attracted strong local support from area organizations and businesses: Appalachian Boarding Company, WV Citizens’ Climate Lobby, WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, League of Women Voters of West Virginia, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Our Children Our Future, Watkins Design Works, WV Chapter of the Sierra Club, The Wild Ramp, Unlimited Future, Inc., and West Virginia Citizen Action Group are sponsoring the co-op.
Information session details
Saturday, April 27
Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center
200 Civic Center Drive
Charleston, WV 25301
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Wednesday, May 22
Unlimited Future, Inc.
1650 Eighth Avenue
Huntington, WV 25703
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