Notice of Intent to Issue Request for Proposals for Southwest Virginia Residential-Scale Solarize Program

The Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia provides notice that it intends to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the partnership in the Southwest Virginia 2020 Solarize Program. This program will provide for the development of residential-scale solar projects for homeowners, small businesses, and farms in the seven-county coalfield region of Southwest Virginia. The Workgroup is facilitating this group purchase as part of its mission to utilize the development of solar energy as an economic catalyst in SWVA (Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, and Wise counties and the City of Norton).

In this forthcoming RFP, the Workgroup is seeking proposals for a residential-scale developer to conduct solar assessments for at least 100 homeowners, and install projects for those projects determined to be cost-effective and financeable. The RFP will be issued by March 2nd, 2020, and responses will be due March 27th. The Workgroup will conduct a pre-bid meeting on March 17th at 2pm. You can register for the pre-bid meeting at Additional information is available at this website:

The primary goal of the program is to work with homeowners and developers to find solar solutions that are cost-effective. Through the Solarize program, the Workgroup provides no-cost technical assistance to homeowners throughout the procurement process. Preference will be given to developers that can: (1) provide contracts to participants that involve no upfront costs and that are revenue neutral or positive from day one; (2) incorporate opportunities for employing the local Southwest Virginia workforce, or opportunities for interns from the Mountain Empire Community College Energy Technology pathway program. 

The Workgroup is comprised of nonprofit and community action agencies, colleges, state agencies, planning district commissions, and other interested citizens and businesses seeking to develop a renewable energy industry cluster in the seven coalfield counties of Southwest Virginia. The Workgroup was co-convened in 2016 by the UVA-Wise Office of Economic Development & Engagement, People Inc., and Appalachian Voices, with facilitation assistance from Dialogue + Design Associates. Additional background information is available at   

Contact Chelsea Barnes with the Solar Workgroup at or (276) 207-9636 or Austin Counts at