Shenandoah Valley | Ready, Set, Solar!

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Considering solar but not sure where to start? We can help.

How does solar work and how much does it cost?
‍♀️ How do I know which installer to use?
⚡️ What happens if I make more energy than I use?
What should I look for in a proposal and what questions should I be asking?

There’s a lot of information out there about solar, but it’s not always clear where to start, or even what to trust.

That’s why people turn to Solar United Neighbors. We’re a vendor-neutral nonprofit with expertise not only in solar energy but in the specific ins and outs of going solar in Virginia.

We’ve helped more than 1,000 VA homeowners go solar — and counting!

Going solar is a fairly significant decision – so it is good to have a ‘support group’ that has your back when needed. It is also good to be among peers who are in the same boat as you! – Maileen V.

We can help you, too! Sign up now to join Shenandoah Valley Ready, Set, Solar!

I’d like to join!

Upcoming Events

We will be hosting a virtual and an in-person event, which will go over the fundamentals of this group, later this summer. You can RSVP for the events, below:

  1. Virtual Solar and EV Charger Info Session#3 (September 16th at noon)

How does it work?

Think of Ready, Set, Solar! as not only a network for resources and support from peers, but also a personal coach for going solar. Through our 8 weeks to Solar Ready approach, we’ll give you the tools you need to make an informed decision. We’ll be there to answer any questions as you consider your solar options. And you’ll have the support of your fellow homeowners who are going solar too!

Who should join?

Ready, Set, Solar! is open to homeowners and businesses in the central Shenandoah Valley from Lexington in the South to Winchester in the North. Our focus will be on anyone in the Harrisonburg area who’s considering going solar and wants to learn more. If you could use some extra guidance or motivation, then Ready, Set, Solar! is for you.

It was a great help to have the Solar United Neighbors team review three solar energy proposals for us. Thanks to their help, we knew the right questions to ask and the details that we should dig into. The Solar United Neighbors team was able to negotiate better terms with our preferred installer. When we signed the paperwork with our installer, we felt confident that we were making the right choice. We are very grateful to you and your colleagues. – Susanna & Nate

[Solar United Neighbors] provided a wealth of information about solar systems; the cost and financing options; and, most important, the net-metering and solar credits, which is a great incentive in the D.C. metro area. – Gigi Mathews

You will receive:

  • Timely guidance and resources ‍ from our team of solar experts. With our 8 Weeks to Solar Ready resources, we’ll be there for you every step of the way—from learning how solar works to having panels installed (and beyond that too!). We’ll share what you need to know, when you need to know it-all in one convenient place.
  • Peer support in our members-only forum. Ask questions and get recommendations from others who are going or have gone solar in Virginia.
  • Access to Go Solar Team Help Desk
  • Access to our new Solar Owner’s Manual . Trust us, it’ll come in handy once you’re a proud solar energy producer!

Ready, Set, Solar! is open to new members!
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8 Weeks to Solar Ready” content includes:

  • Week 1 – Learn the Basics
    • Day 1 – Join the group, meet your group members, say hello
    • Day 2 – Financing solar
    • Day 3 – Economics & incentives for solar
    • Day 4 – Solar technology, warranties, etc.
    • Day 5 – Net Metering explained
    • Day 6 – Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs)
    • Day 7 – Week 1 wrap-up
  • Week 2 – Battery technology and EV Charger technology, connecting with your community
  • Week 3 – Find installers, ask the right questions, and get proposals
  • Week 4 – Getting proposals and bonus content
  • Week 5 – How to review and compare proposals
  • Week 6 – Proposal comparison services & group support
  • Week 7 – Proposal comparison services & group support
  • Week 8 – What to expect during installation and beyond
  • Ongoing and follow-up support throughout project completion including:
    • Online question and answer sessions
    • Access to our new Solar Owner’s Manual
    • Optional, custom “Solar array mileage sticker”
    • Survey/feedback opportunities