OH SUN and WV SUN are excited to collaborate on the cross-border Mid-Ohio Valley Solar Co-op. Residents on both sides of the river in the greater Parkersburg and Marietta community are encouraged to join this new solar co-op group. Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action, WVU Parkersburg Ecohawks, the Wood County League of Women Voters , Ohio Interfaith Power and Light, Friends of Lower Muskingum River, and the Ritchie County Economic Development Authority. are co-sponsoring the group. 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 and live in the Mid-Ohio Valley, now is your chance! Ohio residents can sign up below. Ohio residents can sign up here.
Co-op members selected installer Energy Optimism through an open and competitive bidding process. The company is now working individually with co-op members to develop personalized proposals for their homes. The co-op is accepting sign-ups through September 18.
Watch a recorded information session to learn more.
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. WV SUN, OH SUN, and Community Power Network are supporting the group effort. 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.
Co-op in the news
- “Mid-Ohio Valley solar co-op group meets tonight at Washington State,” The News Center (April 2017)
- “Mid-Ohio Valley residents form solar energy co-op,” Parkersburg News and Sentinel (March 2017)
Still have questions? Email email@example.com and be sure to mention the Mid-Ohio Valley Solar Co-op in the subject line.
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OH SUN is a project of (CPN), a network of grass roots, local, state, and national organizations working to build and promote locally based 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 to help make the process easier and more affordable and has been helping others through the process nationwide ever since. CPN provides WV SUN with support and access to a national network of solar homeowners, practitioners, partners, policy experts, and policy makers.