Partnering with Community Housing Partners, in January 2014, we organized our first bulk purchase group in Virginia. The group, Solarize Blacksburg, used community organizing, bulk discounts, and new solar loan options to triple the amount of solar installed on Blacksburg homes in just three months. The effort increased the total amount of solar installed in the state in 2014 by five percent. And, our success spurred us to organize solar co-ops across Virginia.
The United States Conference of Mayors gave Blacksburg, VA Mayor Ron Rordam the 2015 U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Award for the town’s solar effort.