Huntington-area residents forming solar co-op to go solar together, get a discount

Neighbors in Huntington have formed a solar co-op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, the Marshall University Sustainability Department, the League of Women Voters, OH SUN, and WV SUN are the co-op sponsors. The group is seeking members and will host an information meeting on Monday, February 6, 5:30 p.m. It will be held at Explorer Academy, 2901 Saltwell Road in Huntington. The group is open to residents on both sides of the Ohio River.

Huntington residents interested in joining the co-op can sign up at the co-op web page. Joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase panels. Once the group is large enough, OH SUN will help the co-op solicit competitive bids from area solar installers.

Co-op members will select a single company to complete all 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 generally save up to 20% off the cost of their system.