Homeowners across Alachua County are forming a solar co-op. Co-op members will use their group buying power to get a discounted price for solar panels. The co-op is sponsored by the Suwannee St. John’s Sierra Club, League of Women Voters Alachua County, Swamp Head Brewery, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Gainesville, Earthkeepers, Interfaith Climate Group, Ygrene Energy Fund, We Are Neutral, and FL SUN.
How does the solar co-op work?
Based on the same principle as buying in bulk, co-op members purchase solar systems together to save money and share knowledge. The group uses a competitive bidding process to select a single company that will install systems on all of the participating homes. Each participant signs his or her own contract with the installer, but everyone gets the bulk discount. Going solar as a group saves up to 20% off the cost of a solar system. Participants will also have the support of the group rather than navigating the often-complicated process alone. FL SUN and Community Power Network are supporting the group effort. The group will complete the following process to ensure a smooth and organized experience for everyone involved:
To learn more about the co-op, join us for an information session:
May 21, 3 PM
Alachua Library Branch
14913 NW 140 Street
Visit www.flsun.org/alachua/ for more information.