Here comes the sun

Hans Van Zutphen and Troy Kausch of Independent Solar Solutions install panels last week for an 11.9-kilowatt solar system atop a barn at Caledonia Farm 1812 B&B in Flint Hill, the first of more than 20 projects begun this year by the newly formed Rappahannock Solar Cooperative.

Caledonia Farm proprietor Phil Irwin checks on his new solar power inverter last week, after Loudoun County-based Independent Solar Solutions (ISS) finished installing an 11.9-kilowatt system at his place — the first of 21 initial solar installations arranged at discounted co-op prices by the Rappahannock Solar Cooperative, a joint effort of the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection (RLEP) and VASUN. The co-op has 78 members and has extended its signup deadline to Oct. 31 (membership doesn’t require to accept a bid for an installation). For more, visit and navigate to the Rappahannock Solar page.

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