More than 75 residents of Harrisonburg Virginia have organized into a solar co-op leveraging their collective buying power to go solar together at dramatically reduced costs. Following a competitive bidding process, the group selected Waynesboro VA-based Sigora Solar to complete the co-op’s installations.
The Climate Action Alliance of the Valley (CAAV) organized Solarize Harrisonburg in late spring 2014. It partnered with the D.C.-based non-profit Community Power Network (CPN) to learn about solar, host information meetings, and solicit bids from local installers. Joy Loving of CAAV explains the value of the partnership in helping the Co-op move forward:
“We’re able to count on the expertise of CPN to handle the technical details of the solarize process while leveraging our presence in the community to reach out to more participants wishing to install solar affordably through the co-op.”
Co-op members are excited to select Sigora Solar for their competitive price, ability to provide quality components and customer service, and commitment to improving the communities in which they work. Founded in 2011, Sigora’s mission is to provide the highest quality turnkey solar installations while embracing their responsibility to reinvest in local communities and ethically source materials. “Our goal is to help as many people as possible in Harrisonburg get a quality solar installation at a great price,” said Sigora President Andy Bindea. He added:
“I’m really happy to be part of the Solarize movement. It’s helping grow the solar industry in Virginia while empowering communities across the state to preserve the environment and save on rising energy costs.”
Joy and other members of CAAV are helping to recruit people from the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County area to join the group. New members can continue to join the group through October 31st.
Solarize Harrisonburg will hold its final public information meeting at the Massanutten Regional Library, 174 So. Main St., Harrisonburg, on Tuesday October 21 at 6 PM. More information including a sign up form is available at the Solarize Harrisonburg web page: http://www.solarunitedneighbors.org/virginia/go-solar-in-virginia/go-solar-in-a-virginia-group/closed-co-ops-in-virginia/.