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.
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.