Virginia solar celebrations bring our community of solar supporters together

With 2018 coming to a close, we were excited to bring our community of solar supporters together for two Solar Celebrations in early December. First, on Tuesday, December 4, the Hampton Roads Solar Celebration gathered nearly 40 solar supporters at Kiskiack Golf Club, which went solar this spring as part of the Hampton Roads Solar Co-op. Then, on Wednesday, December 5, the Richmond Solar Celebration brought together dozens more at Triple Crossing Brewing Company to celebrate the Richmond Solar Co-op. Together, the two co-ops helped nearly 40 homes and small businesses go solar this year.

Kiskiack Golf Club became the first golf course in Virginia to go solar in May 2018. (L to R): Solar United Neighbors of Virginia Program Director Aaron Sutch, Kiskiack owner Carl Zangardi, William & Mary’s Henry R. Broaddus, and Chad Wilkins from Convert Solar.

Kiskiack Golf Club became the first golf course in Virginia to go solar in May 2018, then hosted the Hampton Roads Solar Celebration in December. (L to R): Solar United Neighbors of Virginia Program Director Aaron Sutch, Kiskiack owner Carl Zangardi, William & Mary’s Henry R. Broaddus, and Chad Wilkins from Convert Solar.

As we build our solar movement in Virginia, celebrations are a great way to connect community members together in a social setting. They offer a unique opportunity to bring the whole solar community together. Solar homeowners, past co-op participants, and those interested in learning more about solar are all welcome at the event. Many enjoy watching the slideshow of co-op installations or speaking to past co-op participants about the process.

While the celebrations served as a capstone for two successful 2018 solar co-ops, they also demonstrated continued interest in future solar co-ops for both Richmond and Hampton Roads—Planned to launch in late spring 2019! Stay tuned for exciting updates about solar co-ops near you coming soon in 2019!

We want to thank our generous hosts for allowing us to use their space for the event, and to our partners and volunteers that made both solar co-ops successful. Finally, a big thank you to everyone who attended the events. Your continued support makes our work fun and our solar movement strong!

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