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Solar Co-ops Seeking Proposals from Solar Companies

Solar panels arriving in Fayette County.
Colleen Laffey
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  Solar coops in Wheeling and Morgantown are looking for proposals from solar companies to install panels on their homes.

Residents in Wheeling and Morgantown are banding together to buy solar panels in bulk discounts for their homes and businesses. So far there have been 73 sign ups into the Wheeling coop and 86 in Morgantown. Ben Delman from the organization that is facilitating the coops, Community Power Network,  reports that of those interested, about 24 homes in Wheeling and 50 in Morgantown are suitable for solar panels. Both co-ops will be open to new members through the summer.

WV SUN is sponsoring the Wheeling co-op with the Wheeling Green Table and the Morgantown co-op with the Morgantown Green Team.

The coops are also open to small businesses.

Delman says federal funding exists for small businesses in the form of loans and grants through REAP, the Rural Energy for America Program. The deadline to submit an application is the end of June. 

Glynis Board hails from the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia and is based in Wheeling at the First State Capital Building. She’s been reporting full time for West Virginia Public Broadcasting since 2012. She covers a broad range of topics but focuses on producing and hosting the West Virginia Public Broadcasting's daily news show West Virginia Morning.

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