Sarasota residents form solar co-op to go solar together, get a discount

Neighbors in Sarasota have formed a solar co-op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. The Florida House Institute, Sarasota Classified Teachers Association, Sierra Club, Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, and FL SUN are the co-op sponsors. The group is seeking members and will host several information meetings (see below) to educate the community about solar and the co-op process.

Sarasota residents interested in joining the co-op can sign up at www.flsun.org/sarasota. Joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase panels. Once the group is large enough, FL SUN will help the co-op solicit competitive bids from area solar installers.

Co-op members will select a single company to complete all of the installations. They 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 generally save up to 20% off the cost of their system.

Information sessions

Wednesday, January 18,  1 p.m.
Venice Community Center
326 South Nokomis Avenue
Venice
RSVP here

Thursday, January 19, 5 p.m.
Selby Library
1331 1st Street
Sarasota
RSVP here

Friday, February 24,  11 a.m.
Twin Lakes Park
6700 Clark Road
Sarasota
RSVP here