Richmond-area residents and businesses forming co-op to go solar together, get discount

By Brandon Walton on October 13, 2015

Neighbors in Richmond have formed a solar co-op with the help VA SUN to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. The group is seeking members. It will host an information session on October 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Tuckahoe Public Library (details below) to educate the public about solar energy and how the co-op simplifies the process of going solar, while providing a discount through members’ bulk purchasing power.

The Richmond co-op uses a different process than other group solar buying efforts in the area. Unlike other “solarize” programs, co-op members select the group’s installer through an open and competitive bidding process. This helps secure more competitive prices and encourages members to become  educated and informed consumers.

Richmond residents and business owners interested in joining the co-op can sign up at: Richmond Solar Co-op. Joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase panels. Once the group is large enough, VA SUN will help the co-op solicit competitive bids from area solar installers, and select a single company to complete all of the installations.

Individual co-op members will have the option to choose a system size and price based upon the installer’s offer. By going solar as a group and choosing a single installer, each participant generally saves up to 20% off the cost of their system.

Information Session

Wednesday, October 28, 6:30 p.m.
Tuckahoe Public Library
1901 Starling Drive
Henrico, VA 23229