The six solar panels on Tom Worlledge’s home charge his plug-in Prius in about five hours. Worlledge plans to add more solar panels to his home soon. He is interested in joining Charleston first solar co-op.
Thom Worlledge was 17 when he attended the World’s Fair in Spokane, Washington where he grew up. There was a solar hot water heater in the Australian pavilion that changed his outlook on renewable energy.
“I stuck my hand in the water and burnt my finger,” Worlledge said. “I realized there’s something to this.”
Last summer, Worlledge installed six solar panels to his South Hills home. Worlledge is planning to add six more panels soon, and hopefully with the help of a new Charleston solar co-op.
WV Sun is hosting the first meeting for the Charleston solar co-op at the West Virginia State University Economic Development Center Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The building is located at 1506 Kanawha Blvd. on Charleston’s West Side.
Ben Delman, communications manager for Community Power Network, the umbrella organization WV Sun operates under, said purchasing the solar units as a larger group will be a better deal for consumers. Customers typically save around 20 percent on the systems that can cost around $15,000 to install.
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