Residents Form East And West Solar Co-ops To Go Solar Together

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Neighbors have formed two solar co-ops, one for County residents who live east of US 441 and the other for residents who live west of US 441. The goal is to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. Broward County, Go Solar Florida and FL SUN are co-op sponsors.

"We're forming this co-op to make saving money with solar energy as simple as possible," said Kay Sommers, Senior Natural Resources Specialist, Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department. "Residents will have the support of a group instead of navigating the process alone."

FL SUN expands access to solar by educating Florida residents about the benefits of distributed solar energy, helping them organize group solar installations, and strengthening Florida's solar policies and its community of solar supporters.

"I am excited to work with Broward residents to educate them about the benefits of solar energy," said Angela DeMonbreun, FL SUN Co-op Manager. "If you've ever thought about going solar before, this is the perfect opportunity to do so."

Broward residents interested in joining either co-op can sign up at East Co-op or West Co-op. Joining a co-op is not a commitment to purchase solar panels. Once the groups are large enough, FL SUN will help the co-ops solicit competitive bids from area solar installers. Co-op members will select a single company for installations and will then have the option to purchase panels individually based on the installer's group rate. By going solar as a group and choosing a single installer, participants can save up to 20 percent off the cost of their system.

The group will host four solar information meetings to educate the community about solar and the co-op process:

  1. February 6th, 7PM at Art Serve, 1350 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale
  2. February 7th, 7PM at Broward County Government Center West, 1 North University Drive, Plantation
  3. March 6th, 7PM at Art Serve, 1350 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale
  4. March 7th, at 7PM at Broward County Government Center West, 1 North University Drive, Plantation
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