The Morris and Southwest Prairie Solar Co-op has formed to help interested residents and businesses increase their solar energy usage and they are set to hold their first informational webinar 7 p.m. Wednesday. Solar United Neighbors State Director Bobby King said that a similar co-operative venture was formed in Kandiyohi County, although this is not a “co-op” in the legal sense.

“The co-op is not really a legal co-op,” King explained. “It’s just people joining together to tap into the expertise here at Solar United Neighbors and to get competitive bids as a group from installers in the state. Going solar can be daunting, and this process is to help educate people and make it easier, mutual support — and to get the best price we can on going solar.”

Partners in the cooperative venture include Montevideo-based CURE, the Land Stewardship Project, and the Morris Model. Topics covered in tonight’s webinar include: things to consider when putting solar panels on your home or business, how to add a charger for an electric vehicle, and how solar technology works. You can register for the Wednesday webinar and access it at