The deadline to join the Middle Peninsula Solar Co-op is midnight, Sunday, January 15.
Residents of Lancaster and Northumberland counties as well the counties of the Middle Peninsula are eligible to join.
Those who missed the VASUN informational presentations around the area can learn the basics of solar panel technology and installation at vasun.org, reported Maureen Fairbrother. If solar panels seem a good idea for home or business the co-op will deliver 15 to 20% extra savings to its members with a bulk-buy discount.
Potential members can join at the website up until the deadline, said Fairbrother.
Co-op installer Bernie Stanley of Shockoe Solar will visit and discuss options. There is no financial obligation until members sign an individual, customized contract with him.
Solar panel prices have dropped significantly over the last 8 to 10 years, said Fairbrother. The 30% federal tax credit was renewed with bipartisan agreement in Congress last year. The installation pays for itself in 10 to 13 years and continues delivering free electricity for the 25- to 30-year warranted life of the panels.
Companies, like Cannon Recycling in Gloucester, have solar arrays on their roofs because it makes economic sense, she said. Accelerated depreciation is available to small-business owners too, when generating electricity for their premises.