On Nov. 9, the Town Hall in Halifax was standing room only as people came to hear about how they could add solar power to their homes and businesses.
As a result of that meeting, over 30 people have signed up to be a part of a solar power co-op in order to purchase solar electricity systems for their homes and businesses at a bulk discounted rate. By going solar as a group, participants will save up to 30 percent off the cost of a solar electricity system and will have the support of the co-op throughout the process.
It's not to late for others in the community to join in on the savings, according to co-op organizers.
The Halifax County Solar Co-op will hold its final informational meeting on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Halifax County Stem Educational Center located at 315 South Main Street in Halifax.
When someone attends the meeting on Saturday, they will be directed to officially sign up on the website.
After signing up, Virginia Sun will review their roof within a few days, and if their roof is good to go, they will be placed on the list to get a site assessment (and proposal from the installer)-as well as get periodic group updates.
Installer site assessments happen on a first come first served basis, so the first sign ups will get theirs first. The installer has a one-month timeline to perform individual site visits and offer an individualized proposal. Once the participant gets a proposal, the pricing on that proposal is valid for one month from the time of issuance. Yet it is ultimately the participant's responsibility to go forward and sign a contract.
The installation phase (once someone signs the proposal) is roughly two months.
Also, during Saturday's meeting, Virginia Sun will reach out to the group and see who wants to be a part of the selection committee (no solar knowledge required).
On Sunday, the selection committee will continue the co-op's process of going solar by selecting a single installer. Each participant in the co-op will sign an individual contract with the chosen installer, but all participants will get the group discount.
Once the installer is selected on Sunday, persons will have a month to continue signing up to be part of the co-op. There will continue to be sign ups after the selection committee to help grow the group,and account for those that may drop out of the group.
The group is being sponsored by the Town of Halifax, Oak Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast and Virginia Sun (a program of Community Power Network).
Virginia Sun is a citizens’ network of solar supporters in Virginia. They support the growth of solar in the state through innovative community projects, neighborhood solar bulk purchase programs, and strong solar policies. Their belief is that all Virginians should have the right to produce their own homegrown energy.
Anyone who has an interest in going solar, or just learning more about it, is invited to attend.
For more information, visit the co-op’s web page at http://www.vasun.org/halifax-county-solar-co-op/