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Solar group looking for local members

A solar co-op formed for Butler and Beaver county residents is looking for property owners who are curious about the potential cost savings and process of using solar power.

The group will host an informational meeting at 1 p.m. on March 30 at the Butler Public Library on North McKean Street.

The co-op is sponsored by the League of Women Voters and RiverWise, a new Beaver County nonprofit project of the Beaver County Partnership for Community and Economic Growth.

“Western Pennsylvania is increasingly committed to creative innovation, and growing our solar capacity can be an important step in that direction,” said Daniel Rossi-Keen, executive director of RiverWise.

Solar United Neighbors, an organization that supports solar co-ops across the United States, is helping in the effort to form the Beaver-Butler group.

“If you've ever thought about going solar before, this is the perfect opportunity to do so,” said Henry McKay, Solar United Neighbors of Pennsylvania's program manager.

Those interested in joining the co-op can sign up for free at Signing up does not commit members to purchasing solar panels.

Once enough residents from the two counties sign up, the co-op will solicit for bids from area solar installers.

Members will then have the option to purchase panels individually based on the installer's group rate.

More information on the co-op will be available at the March 30 meeting.