Appalachian Ohio Solar Co-op

UpGrade Athens County
Ohio_IPL-Logo ARECC_logo_color_stacked (png) ruralaction_logo__notag


Neighbors across southeast Ohio have formed a solar co-op for Appalachian Ohio! Co-op members will use their group buying power to get a discounted price for solar panels. If you’ve ever wanted to go solar, now is your chance!  Appalachian Renewable Energy Consumer CooperativeOhio Interfaith Power and LightRural ActionUpGrade Athens County, and OH SUN are sponsoring the co-op.

Co-op members have selected Appalachian Renewable Power to serve the group.

Ready to go solar? Click here to sign up!

Watch a recorded information to learn more!

A recorded info meeting for those who can’t attend the meeting in person!

How does the solar co-op work?

Based on the same principle as buying in bulk, co-op members purchase solar systems together to save money and share knowledge. The group uses a competitive bidding process to select a single company that will install systems on all of the participating homes. Each participant signs his or her own contract with the installer, but everyone gets the bulk discount.

By going solar as a group we can save up to 20% off the cost of a solar system. You’ll also have the support of the group instead of navigating an often-complicated process alone. The group will complete the following process to ensure a smooth and organized experience for everyone involved.


How much will going solar with the co-op cost?

Below are estimates for the costs and incentives available for two solar installations — a small 3 kilowatt system and a large 9 kilowatt system. Your cost will almost certainly fall between these two examples, depending on how big your roof is and what you’re able to afford.


View our FAQs

Still have questions? Email and be sure to mention the Appalachian Ohio Solar Co-op in the subject line.

Co-op in the news

Ready to go solar? Sign up below!

OH SUN is a project of Community Power Network (CPN), a network of grass roots, local, state, and national organizations working to build and promote locally based renewable energy projects and policies. CPN’s founder and executive director, Anya Schoolman, formed the group after she tried to install solar on her Mt. Pleasant home in 2007 and saw how challenging the process was at the time. She organized her neighbors to help make the process easier and more affordable and has been helping others through the process nationwide ever since. CPN provides DC SUN with support and access to a national network of solar homeowners, practitioners, partners, policy experts, and policy makers.