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Massanutten Regional Solar Co-op Launch Builds on Success of Harrisonburg Effort
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Neighbors in the Massanutten Region (the City of Harrisonburg, as well as Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Page Counties) have formed a co-op to make it easier to save money on the purchase of solar panels and build a community interested in solar. This new group builds on the recent success of the Solarize Harrisonburg group that helped 68 area residents put solar on their homes. The group is working with VA SUN (www.vasun.org) to receive technical expertise and support throughout the process. The co-op will soon host a series of information sessions to educate the public about solar and recruit new members. The first info session will be held in Harrisonburg on September 3 at 6 p.m. at the Massanutten Regional Library (174 S Main St). See below for additional sessions. “The momentum from Solarize Harrisonburg has continued,” said Joy Loving, a leader of Solarize Harrisonburg. “I’ve heard from about 100 people in the area who are now interested in going solar with this new effort.”
VA SUN is a nonprofit that helps make solar more affordable and accessible. It has worked with almost a dozen solar co-ops in Virginia. It helped 144 homes go solar, saving Virginia residents $396,000 in just the past year. VA SUN will provide technical assistance to co-op members as they review all of the bids the group receives, so that the group can make the best decision for its members. Joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase panels. VA SUN helps the co-op solicit and review competitive bids from area solar installers, and select one or more companies to complete installations for members. Co‐op members will then have the option to purchase panels individually based upon the installer’s offer. By going solar as a group and choosing one or two installers, each participant generally saves up to 20% off the typical retail cost of their system and has the assistance of VA SUN to help navigate the process.
Massanutten Region residents interested in joining the co-op can learn more and sign up at the co-op web
The co-op’s Facebook page is at
Questions? Email VA SUN at
email@example.com or Joy at firstname.lastname@example.org.