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Uncompahgre Solar Co-op

Open to residents of San Miguel County

92 members of 75 member goal

3 months left to join the co-op
Co-op closes to new members on May 1, 2022

Uncompahgre Solar Co-op selects Atlasta Solar Center to serve group

Friday, March 18, 2022

The Uncompahgre Solar Co-op has selected Atlasta Solar Center to install solar panels for the 70-member group. Co-op members selected Atlasta Solar Center through a competitive bidding process and were impressed by their competitive pricing, more than 40 years of experience in the local market, and favorable warranty terms.

The co-op is open to new residents of Mountain Village, Telluride, and San Miguel County. It will close on May 1. Those who are interested in joining the co-op can sign up here. The solar co-op is free to join and joining is not a commitment to purchase panels.

Atlasta Solar Center will provide each co-op member with an individualized proposal based on the group rate. By going solar as a group and choosing a single installer, members can save off the cost of going solar and have the support of fellow group members and solar experts at Solar United Neighbors.

Uncompahgre Solar Co-op releases RFP

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

The 52-member Uncompahgre Solar Co-op today issued a request for proposals (RFP) from area solar installers. The group members created the co-op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. Sponsors of the co-op include Town of Mountain Village, San Miguel County, Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association, San Miguel Power Association, Solar Energy International, EcoAction Partners, and Town of Mountain Village Green Team.

Local installers interested in serving the group can download the RFP and response template here.

The solar co-op is free to join and joining is not a commitment to purchase panels. Co-op members will select a single company to complete all of the installations. They will then have the option to purchase panels individually based on the installer’s group rate. By going solar as a group and choosing a single installer, members can save up off the cost of going solar and have the support of fellow group members and solar experts at Solar United Neighbors.

Solar co-op launches for Uncompahgre residents to go solar together

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Mountain Village, COLO – The nonprofit group Solar United Neighbors (SUN) is pleased to announce the launch of the Uncompahgre Solar Co-op alongside the Town of Mountain Village, San Miguel County, San Miguel Power Association (SMPA), Solar Energy International (SEI), and EcoAction Partners. SUN announced the launch of the Uncompahgre Solar Co-op to help area residents go solar.

“The co-op will enable homeowners and business owners in both Mountain Village and San Miguel County to join the growing community of people saving money by harnessing solar power,” said Bryce Carter, Colorado Program Director for Solar United Neighbors. “Together, we’re building a movement to create a more sustainable electricity system that directly benefits households and small businesses in the community.”

The co-op is free to join and open to homeowners and business owners in Mountain Village and San Miguel County. Together, co-op members will learn about solar energy and leverage their numbers to purchase individual solar systems at a discounted group price.

The group is free to join. Joining is not a commitment to purchase solar. Members will have the option to individually purchase panels and electric vehicle chargers based on the installer’s group rate.

After a competitive bidding process facilitated by SUN, co-op members will select a single solar company to complete the installations. SUN provides guidance on the process but remains vendor neutral, empowering the co-op members to decide.

“Anyone thinking about solar should consider joining the co-op,” said Marti Prohaska, Town of Mountain Village Town Council, Green Team Chair, and participant of the 2021 Mountain Village Solar Co-op. “It’s a great way to learn about solar technology, its benefits for the environment and your energy budget, and to connect with others in the community who are also interested in renewable energy.”

Through the co-op, EcoAction Partners and SEI will also provide educational outreach to the rural community.

“We at EcoAction Partners are excited to contribute to education in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields, as well as to work with San Miguel County residents and agricultural producers on the benefits of solar through this co-op model,” said Chris Medary, AmeriCorps VISTA member at EcoAction Partners.

Qualifying rebates will also be available on a limited basis for co-op members who are residents of Mountain Village and unincorporated San Miguel County.

“The first 20 Mountain Village properties to sign up for Solar United Neighbors’ co-op will receive a $2,500 rebate from Mountain Village when a solar array is installed. Additional incentive funds are available for deed-restricted properties, up to a $5,000 total rebate,” said Lauren Kirn, Environmental Efficiencies and Grant Coordinator for the Town of Mountain Village.

In 2021, SUN worked with partner organizations, including the Town of Mountain Village, to help 14 people go solar through a co-op. Rebates were also offered to qualifying participants of that co-op.

“My family is committed to doing our part for the environment, so converting to solar was always a dream,” said Zoe Gillett, Telluride Intermediate School Principal and a participant of the 2021 Mountain Village Solar Co-op. “But, as a public school educator, I had been very wary about upfront and maintenance costs, as well as how long it would take to recoup the investment. What convinced me to sign up for the 2021 Mountain Village Solar Co-op was definitely the rebates. I never thought it would be this much fun and affordable to do the right thing for the environment!”

San Miguel Power Association was a partner with last year’s solar co-op and will continue their engagement.

“We look forward to working with the San Miguel County and the Town of Mountain Village solar co-op to tackle the challenge of expanding renewable options for our members,” said Wiley Freeman, Manager of Member Services with San Miguel Power Association.

SUN will host several free informational webinars to educate community members about solar energy and the co-op. Individuals interested in going solar can sign up for the co-op or one of the upcoming information sessions at www.solarunitedneighbors.org/uncompahgre.

An informational launch event for the solar co-op will take place on Wednesday, January 19 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Mountain Village Town Hall (located above Village Market). This event will feature remarks about the benefits of rooftop solar energy and how the co-op works. You’ll hear from members of Solar United Neighbors, Town of Mountain Village Town Council, San Miguel County, San Miguel Power Association, and last year’s co-op.

The event is free and open to the public. Snacks will be provided. A virtual option through Zoom is also available. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

What:                 Uncompahgre Solar Co-op launch event

Who:                   Bryce Carter, Colorado Program Director, Solar United Neighbors

                              Marti Prohaska, Town of Mountain Village Town Council, Green Team Chair, 2021 Mountain Village Solar Co-op Participant

                              Pete Duprey, Town of Mountain Village Town Council, 2021 Mountain Village Solar Co-op Participant

                              Kris Holstrom, County Commissioner, San Miguel County

                              Sheamus Croke, COVID-19 Recovery Funding Coordinator, San Miguel County

                              Terry Schuyler, Key Accounts Executive, San Miguel Power Association

                              Zoe Gillett, Telluride Intermediate School Principal, 2021 Mountain Village Solar Co-op Participant

When:                Wednesday, January 19th at 4:00 p.m. MT

Where:               Mountain Village Town Hall
                                455 Mountain Village Blvd
                                Suite A
                                Mountain Village, CO 81435

                                Zoom (register in advance):   https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMucO6spz0rEtA_7ijVFh2mnAIg8mD5qsPG

About Solar United Neighbors

Solar United Neighbors is a nonprofit organization that works in Colorado and nationwide to represent the needs and interests of solar owners and supporters. Solar co-ops are part of the organization’s mission to create a new energy system with rooftop solar at the cornerstone. Solar United Neighbors holds events and education programs to help people become informed solar consumers, maximize the value of their solar investment, and advocate for fair solar policies.

Contacts:

Bryce Carter
Colorado Program Director
Solar United Neighbors
720-282-0704, [email protected]

Kathrine Warren
Public Information Officer
Town of Mountain Village
970-369-6415, [email protected]

Co-op launched
January 10, 2022

Co-op organizer

Bryce Carter
Colorado Program Director
Solar United Neighbors

Hello and thank you for checking out the solar co-op!
 

Whether you’re just curious about solar, or you’re ready to make the switch now, I’m here to help. I can answer any questions you have about solar. I’ll give you installer-neutral guidance to help you make an informed, confident decision about going solar.
 

I have been a community organizer and environmental advocate for more than a decade. I launched the Colorado Ready for 100 campaign, which supported a successful movement for the state and its utilities to become national leaders for renewable energy. I work throughout Colorado, helping communities go solar, join together, and fight for energy rights. Solar co-ops are a big part of this work!
 

I love seeing fellow Coloradans harvesting sunshine to lower their electric bills and build a clean, equitable energy system in their communities!
 

Take a look around the co-op page, and let me know how I can help you today.
 

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