RFP alert: Southwest Virginia needs a residential solar partner in coal country


The Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for partnership in the Southwest Virginia 2021 Residential Solar Program. The program will provide solar installation services for homeowners in the coalfield region. The workgroup is facilitating this program as part of its mission to utilize the development of solar energy as a means of utility bill reduction and an economic catalyst in the coalfield region (Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, and Wise counties, and the City of Norton).

Proposals are due on March 24 at 5 p.m EST.  The RFP is available here.

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“We are excited to make solar more accessible to homeowners in our region through this residential solar program, and to connect them with the local job force that can make it an affordable reality,” says Mark Moormans, Manager of Strategic Projects with People Incorporated and a co-convener of the workgroup. “It’s a win-win — creating more economic opportunity for local businesses while increasing energy independence for their customers.”

With eight Southwest Virginia communities achieving designation under the national SolSmart program, the region has embraced the growth of local solar energy markets. These were the first communities in the Central Appalachian region to apply for and receive the SolSmart designation.

The workgroup is currently seeking proposals for a solar developer to conduct solar assessments and installations in at least two of the seven Southwest Virginia coalfield counties. Currently, the program is managing a list of pre-registered homeowners and plans to continue growing the participant list throughout the year. Homeowners can sign up for the program here.

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