Solar Coop gaining interest as business educates consumers

“Use the Sun. It’s free” was one of the hundreds of messages Virginians were carrying to the Capital and the Governor’s Mansion on Saturday in Richmond. While national attention is on past Virginia Governor, Tim Kaine being the nominee for Vice President, quite a few residents of Highland, Bath, and some from West Virginia too, rallied to let current governor, Terry McAuliffe, know how disappointed they are in him. The organizers of the protest were banking at least on making an impression on McAuliffe.

And everywhere, whether our representatives are listening or not, regular people are becoming more interested in alternatives to fossil fuels. It’s not just a trendy-eco thing anymore. There are several, successful companies in the Shenandoah Valley who offer solar installation, and connection, and it appears more of them may be cropping up. An individual homeowner in Rockingham County converted her family’s home to solar, and in the process, learned about how to combine efforts with others’ to share the expense of installation.

So, in a nod to the future, Bath county youth, Tye Hooker is helping with this report. He shares information about an upcoming solar information session, and will contribute again on energy topics and more. Welcome Tye!

Have you been curious about solar energy?  Would you like to learn how to save money on your utilities.  If so, then join us at the Solar CoOpinfo session.  The event will be held at the Bath County Public library, July 28, 2016 from 7-8 pm.  The session will focus on: how solar energy works, owning vs. renting energy, how you can save money on utilities, why solar is more affordable than ever,  and helping you to tell the utility to stick it where the sun shines.

Refreshents will be provided and no RSVP is needed.  The event will also be free, so come on out to the solar co-op info session on Thursday, July 28th from 7 to 8 pm at the library.


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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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