Regional solar co-op to hold info session at James City Library

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Local residents can learn how to harness solar power for their homes’ energy needs at a Hampton Roads Solar Co-op information session May 17 in James City County.

The Hampton Roads Solar Co-op, which is open to Peninsula residents ranging from Williamsburg to Newport News and Virginia Beach, is a group of homeowners and small businesses that uses bulk purchasing to lower costs to install solar panels. The co-op provides guidance to members on financing and installation of solar panels.

The information session will take place 7-8 p.m. in the James City Library, according to the Solar United Neighbors website.

“It’s really for anybody interested in solar,” Solar United Neighbors spokesman Ben Delman said.

The Hampton Roads group is part of Solar United Neighbors, a nonprofit that helps individuals and small businesses utilize solar energy. Solar United Neighbors has operations in 10 states and the District of Columbia.

The meeting will include information about the technology behind solar energy, how to finance a solar project and how the co-op structure works, Delman said.

Solar United Neighbors has done 650 installations in Virginia. A typical residential solar set-up can cost around $15,000. Larger projects can cost around $20,000. The co-op can help provide discounts of up to 30 percent, said Aaron Sutch, program director for Solar United Neighbors of Virginia, at an information meeting held in March in Williamsburg.

While not required, its preferred that people interested in attending the information session RSVP online, Delman said.

For more information, visit solarunitedneighbors.org/virginia. To RSVP to the event, visit https://secure.everyaction.com/4O9T-kNd4EiuxfHW2VQV9A2.

The deadline for new sign-ups to the co-op is June 8, according to the Solar United Neighbors website.

Want to go?

When: 7-8 p.m., May 17.

Where: James City Library, 7770 Croaker Road.

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