By Jean A. Flanagan
Charlie Winfree has thought about going solar for a very long time and has decided to go for it.
“It’s something that’s coming,” he said. “Eventually, we will all have solar power, every house, every business. It’s not a matter of if, but when. I’ve watched it get more affordable, and decided to get on board.”
Winfree is one of a handful of people who have joined the Potomac Highlands Solar Co-op, a cooperative under the umbrella group Solar United Neighbors.
SUN, pun intended, is a nonprofit organization that encourages groups of homeowners to form cooperatives with the intent of converting to solar power. Autumn Long is the program director. “We facilitate a bulk purchase of solar power installation,” she said.
SUN starts out with informational sessions to educate interested parties about the benefits and challenges of solar power. There is one scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 7 at Potomac State College. “Or you can visit our website www.solarunitedneighbors.org.,” she said.