What is Rays the Valley?
Co-op Power, Community Action, Climate Action Now and Mothers Out Front, are signing up participants for a series of solar projects, with several more planned for next year.
The collaborative was one of only 35 groups to be awarded a “Solar in Your Community” competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative to broaden the access to solar power. With the money, 2.5 megawatts of Co-op Power’s solar capacity would be made available to low-income households as well as nonprofit organizations.
Solar For All Program
One size doesn’t fit all. Direct ownership brings the most benefits to any solar customer, but most can’t install a solar array on their own property.
Co-op Power operates on a not-for-profit basis, with options that any household, business, organization or public entity can take advantage of. Cooperatives allow people to own solar together, so, if people can’t build solar on their own property, the next best option is for Co-op Power to own the array on their property or for them to own panels in a shared array. If they can’t afford to own or can’t take advantage of the tax credits, the next best option is to have an agreement to purchase the power generated by a Co-op Power-owned or developer-owned array. With Co-op Power-developed arrays, Co-op Power can purchase those arrays for about 10% of fair market value after 10 years. With developer-owned arrays, Co-op Power can purchase those arrays for 100% of fair market value after 10 years. Co-op Power works in partnership with local Community Energy Co-ops, activist organizations, non-profits, solar installers, and developers to roll out these programs in each region.