The 27-participant Upper Ohio Valley 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 WALS Foundation, Washington & Jefferson College, Wheeling Green Table, Center For Coalfield Justice, West Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club, and League of Women Voters of West Virginia are sponsoring the co-op.
Local installers interested in serving the group are encouraged to download the RFP and response template. Residents of West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle, Greene and Washington counties in Pennsylvania, and Belmont, Columbiana, and Jefferson counties in Ohio who are interested in joining the co-op can sign up at the co-op web page.
The solar co-op is free to join and joining is not a commitment to purchase panels. Co-op participants will select a single company to complete 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 money on going solar and have the support of fellow group participants and solar experts at Solar United Neighbors.