Greater Roanoke Solar Co-op releases RFP, announces information sessions

By Zach Schalk on April 5, 2018
The Greater Roanoke Solar Co-op is open to residents of Roanoke, Botetourt County, and Blacksburg County

The 37-member Greater Roanoke Solar Co-op today issued a request for proposals (RFP) from area solar installers. The group participants created the co-op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. The City of Roanoke, Roanoke County, Botetourt County, the City of Salem, Virginia Clean Cities, and Solar United Neighbors are co-op sponsors. The group will host information meetings on Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the South County Library, 6303 Merriman Rd, Roanoke VA, 24018 (click here to RSVP) and on Wednesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the MRFL – Blacksburg Library, 200 Miller St SW, Blacksburg, VA 24060 (click here to RSVP) to educate the community about solar and the co-op process.

Local installers interested in serving the group are encouraged to download the RFP and response template. Residents interested in joining the co-op can sign up at the co-op website before May 31.

Joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase panels. Co-op participants will select a single company to complete all of the installations. They 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, participants can save up off the cost of going solar and have the support of fellow group participants and solar experts at Solar United Neighbors.