A group of more than 50 residents and business owners in Halifax County successfully formed a co-op to go solar together and get a discount on their solar purchase. The co-op is a partnership between the Town of Halifax, Virginia Sun and Oak Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast.
The co-op selected Convert Solar in January to complete the installations, and installations on co-op member homes are now underway.
“We are really proud of our new system. Chad and the crew from Convert were excellent to work with during the whole process,” said co-op member Hodges Throckmorton. “Anyone who wants to view the installed system can make an appointment with me via email (Hodgesthrockmorton@gmail.com) to plan a time to stop by. We expect to produce between 80-90 percent of our home’s electricity from solar.”
The co-op launched in late October of 2014. Organizers held several information sessions to educate Halifax County residents about solar energy and how the co-op could save members money on solar installation through the members’ bulk buying power.
“I was happy to be the first installation of the program,” said co-op member Glenn Ratliff. “Coming from an engineering background, I was very comfortable with the current state of solar technology. After meeting Chad Wilkins and the rest of the guys at Convert Solar, I was confident that they would do an excellent job with the installation and they did. I look forward to working with Convert Solar on other projects in the future. I’m happy to show our system to anyone interested in learning about it.”
The co-op sponsors recruited members. Once the co-op reached critical mass, the members put out a request for proposals from area installers. The group then reviewed the proposals and selected Convert Solar. Co-op members then have the option of having solar installed for the price quoted by the Convert Solar in the company’s proposal.
Co-op members have one month from the time they receive their proposal to move forward and qualify for that quoted price.
“It’s a been a pleasure working with the residents of Halifax County to help them towards energy independence by producing clean, local energy,” said Chad Wilkins of Convert Solar.