Renewable Energy

Homeowners, small businesses, and landlords can install renewable energy systems, including solar, to reduce electricity consumption and save money.

Background


In 2015, the Morgantown Municipal Green Team, Downstream Strategies, Community Power Network (CPN), and Mountainview Solar implemented a Morgantown Solar Cooperative that provided steep discounts for solar photovoltaic systems to city residents. While the Morgantown Solar Cooperative is not accepting new members at this time, there are other opportunities available to Morgantown homeowners, small businesses, and landlords.
Solar Panels
Solar panels atop Morgantown Marketplace in downtown Morgantown

Learn What Your Roof Can Do for You


PVWatts is a solar calculator. It estimates the energy production and cost of energy of grid-connected solar photovoltaic energy systems throughout the world. It allows homeowners, small building owners, installers, and manufacturers to easily develop estimates of the performance of potential solar installations.

Geostellar is the nation's largest online solar marketplace. They have patented a program for programmatically placing solar panels on rooftops or tracts of land in a 3D virtual world and simulating production over a typical meteorological year based on shading, slope, and orientation.

Get a Quote


Mountain View Solar was selected by the Morgantown Solar Cooperative through a competitive bidding process. MTVSolar is one of the region's largest solar installation companies. Its installations run the full spectrum, with residential, commercial, and municipal work forming the majority of their business.

To learn about the possibility of a second Morgantown Solar Cooperative, contact Karan Ireland from Community Power Network by email.

ConsumerAffairs Guide


Since 1977, the price of solar panels has dropped approximately 100 times over, and solar power is now cheaper than power from the grid for billions of people. ConsumerAffairs created a guide that helps consumers determine whether or not "going solar" will work for them. Here are a few topics our expert, Zachary Shahan, covers in the guide:
  • What are the different types of solar energy companies - and which one will meet your specific needs?
  • Going solar can be expensive, so what are your financing options?
  • Does the company offer service beyond installation?