Go Solar With Neighbors

by Dan Lesniak

solar-powered-house-pv-panels-thumb-425x2821Arlington County residents are grouping together to help each other go solar. Those living along the Orange Line can also get in on the action. There is a Solar Co-op being organized which will help homeowners save money and help the environment with the installation of a solar power system. The biggest discounts will come through bulk purchasing of equipment and installation services. If you have been interested in solar power for your home, but were not quite ready to make the big move, this could the opportunity for you.

The solar co-op is being set up and organized by  Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE), the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE), and Virginia SUN . ACE is an all-volunteer organization which focuses on local environmental issues and concerns, and provides community programs relating to watershed resources and elementary education. AIRE supports Arlington through a variety of community outreach programs, and helps residents, businesses, and government with resources and event sponsorship to help others achieve better energy use. Virginia SUN is a citizen network of solar energy supports throughout the state, with solar co-op programs being one of their main goals in aiding communities toward going solar. Together, these organizations are ready to help Arlington homeowners get on the solar map.

The new co-op is planning to seek proposals from solar system installers by mid-March, so now is the time to join the co-op if you are interested and planning to go solar with your home. By purchasing a solar system through the power of the co-op, up to 30% savings can be achieved, and members of the co-op will also have support during the process of installation. Joining the co-op is free of charge, and as a member, you get to help choose which company does the installation. You also get your own individual contract for the solar system that will work best with your home. If now is the time for you to go solar, the co-op could be just the thing you need. If you are ready to make the Orange Line home, myself and the Orange Line Living Team are here to help you with our unique and specialized services so you can turn your home dreams into reality. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us directly at 571-969-7653 or at [email protected].

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