More than 70 residents of the Northern Virginia counties of Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William, Alexandria and Arlington 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 EDGE Energy to complete the co-op’s installations.
Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA) (IPL) organized the Nova Interfaith Co-op over the summer of 2014. Participants were recruited through area congregations of several faith traditions, including Temple Rodef Shalom (Falls Church), All Dulles-Area Muslim Society (Sterling), Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (Oakton), and St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church (Burke). IPL 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.
“So many homeowners in our communities want to take action on climate change by going solar at home,” says Joelle Novey, the director of IPL. “But it can be daunting for any one family to undertake the process alone. Our partnership with CPN has been wonderful because it has gathered neighbors together and supported them through the process as a group. Within a few months, over seventy more households in Northern Virginia will be getting their energy ‘from heaven’!”
Co-op members are excited to select McLean VA-based EDGE Energy for their competitive pricing, ability to provide quality components and warranties, and commitment to improving the Northern Virginia community. Founded in 2006 with the mission to provide green building solutions to help the environment and strengthen local communities, EDGE Energy specializes in implementing solar and energy efficiency services for residential and commercial properties. “We’re excited to help Northern Virginia homeowners go solar and save money. We take pride in our ability to install the highest quality components and will rely on our years of experience in the building industry to make sure Co-op members are happy with their systems”, said Edge Energy President Jason Dispenza.
“We’ve been part of other solarize programs in the DC area and are delighted that these programs are expanding to Virginia.”
IPL will continue to recruit homeowners from across Northern Virginia to join the group until October 31st.
About Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA)
IPL engages hundreds of congregations across the DC area and Maryland in saving energy and going green. The local IPL affiliate is one of forty state affiliates engaging faith communities across the country in finding a religious response to climate change. www.gwipl.org