Neighbors in Cambria County have an opportunity
to go solar in a group as part of the Cambria
County Solar Co-op with the
help of Solar United Neighbors. The co-op provides technical support and bulk
purchasing power to help participants get a great deal while also building a
network of solar supporters. Vision 2025
Johnstown and the
Sierra Club’s Pennsylvania Chapter are the co-op sponsors. There are currently 22 participants
in the group. Interested community members can still join.
The group will hold its final public information
session September 12 at 6 p.m. at Saint Francis University to educate the
community about solar and the co-op process. Full details about the event can
be found below. After the information session, staff from Saint Francis
University's Institute for Energy will give a short tour of their tiny
classroom, which features solar panels, battery storage, a biomass pellet
stove, and other sustainable features.
“We’re excited to offer local residents an
opportunity to see just how solar works in a typical home [as seen in the
Institute’s new tiny classroom] and provide them more information to decide if
going solar is right for them. We hope all community members who are interested
in this technology can join us for this informational meeting,” said Allison
Rohrs, director, Institute for Energy.
Solar United Neighbors expands access to solar by
educating Pennsylvania residents about the benefits of distributed solar
energy, helping them organize group solar installations, and strengthening
Pennsylvania’s solar policies and its community of solar supporters.
Nationally, the Solar United Neighbors solar co-op program has a record of success stretching across
nine states. Over the past decade, Solar United
Neighbors has supported more than 150 solar co-ops, helping roughly 3,200 homes
go solar and saving residents more than $12 million.
Cambria County residents interested in joining
the co-op can sign up at the co-op website (www.SolarUnitedNeighbors.org/Cambria). The co-op is free to join. Joining the co-op
is not a commitment to purchase panels. Co-op participants recently selected EIS Solar to serve the group, choosing them over three other firms
because of their competitive pricing, quality components, experience, and
ability to support a diversity of roof types. Each co-op participant will
receive a customized proposal for their home.
Information session details
Wednesday, September 12
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Saint Francis University
108 Franciscan Way
Loretto, PA 15940