WILLMAR - An informational meeting about expanding membership of the Kandiyohi Solar Co-op will be held 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society Museum building, 610 Business Highway 71 Northeast.

The session will include information about rooftop solar and the solar co-op process. The Citizens Utility Boards will also present information about how to read a utility bill before and after installation of rooftop solar.

The goal of the Kandiyohi County Solar Co-op is to help members save money, make it easier to use solar energy and build a network of solar supporters, according to a press release.

The co-op current has about a dozen participants and is looking to grow.

Sponsors for the co-op include the Clean Up our River Environment and Solar United Neighbors organizations.

Kandiyohi County residents interested in joining the solar co-op can sign up online at: www.solarunitedneighbors.org

The co-op is free to join and joining the solar co-op is not a commitment to purchase solar panels.

Once the group is large enough, Solar United Neighbors will help the co-op solicit competitive bids from area solar installers.

According to a press release, solar co-op participants will select a single company to complete all of the rooftop installations. They will then have the option to purchase panels individually based on the installer's group rate.