The 43-member Mountain and Valley Solar Co-op today issued a request for proposals (RFP) from area solar installers. The group members created the co-op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. Rockbridge Area Conservation Council, Climate Action Alliance of the Valley, Virginia Clean Cities, James Madison University’s Center for Wind Energy, and VA SUN are the co-op sponsors. The group will also be hosting an information meeting on April 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Waynesboro Public Library (600 South Wayne Avenue, Waynesboro, VA 22980) to educate the community about solar and the co-op process.
Joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase panels. Co-op members will select a single or two companies 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 to 20% off the cost of their system.