Homeowners, small businesses, and landlords can install renewable energy systems, including solar, to reduce electricity consumption and save money.
In 2015, the Morgantown Municipal Green Team, Downstream Strategies, Community Power Network (CPN), and Mountainview Solar implemented a Morgantown Solar Cooperative that provided steep discounts for solar photovoltaic systems to city residents. While the Morgantown Solar Cooperative is not accepting new members at this time, there are other opportunities available to Morgantown homeowners, small businesses, and landlords.
Solar panels atop Morgantown Marketplace in downtown Morgantown
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PVWatts is a solar calculator. It estimates the energy production and cost of energy of grid-connected solar photovoltaic energy systems throughout the world. It allows homeowners, small building owners, installers, and manufacturers to easily develop estimates of the performance of potential solar installations.
SolarReviews.com can help answer most of your questions related to solar. The website can also help you to get an estimate and find local installers.
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Mountain View Solar was selected by the Morgantown Solar Cooperative through a competitive bidding process. MTVSolar is one of the region's largest solar installation companies. Its installations run the full spectrum, with residential, commercial, and municipal work forming the majority of their business.
To learn about the possibility of a second Morgantown Solar Cooperative, contact Karan Ireland from Community Power Network by email.
Since 1977, the price of solar panels has dropped approximately 100 times over, and solar power is now cheaper than power from the grid for billions of people. ConsumerAffairs created a guide that helps consumers determine whether or not "going solar" will work for them. Here are a few topics our expert, Zachary Shahan, covers in the guide:
What are the different types of solar energy companies - and which one will meet your specific needs?
Going solar can be expensive, so what are your financing options?
Does the company offer service beyond installation?