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. If you’ve ever wanted to go solar and live in Alachua County, now is your chance! 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.
The co-op members selected Power Production Management through an open and competitive bidding process. The installer is in the process of working with co-op members to provide personalized proposals based upon their selected bid. The co-op is accepting new sign ups through July 28.
Watch a recorded information session to learn more about going solar with the co-op:
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. By going solar as a group we can save up to 20% off the cost of a solar system. You’ll also have the support of the group instead of navigating an 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:
How much will going solar with the co-op cost?
Below are estimates for the costs and incentives available for two solar installations — a small 3 kilowatt system and a large 9 kilowatt system. Your cost will almost certainly fall between these two examples, depending on how big your roof is and what you’re able to afford.
Co-op in the news
- “Solar Panel Farm,” WCJB-TV (June 2017)
- “Alachua County solar co-op chooses vendor,” Gainesville Sun (June 2017)
“Editorial: A sunnier outlook for solar power,” Gainesville Sun (April 2017)
- “Solar co-op coming to county,” Gainesville Sun (April 2017)
Learn more about solar technology, economics, and incentives here.
Still have questions? Contact Angela DeMonbreun and the FL SUN team at email@example.com. Be sure to mention the Alachua County Solar Co-op in the subject line.
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FL SUN is a project of (CPN), a network of grass roots, local, state, and national organizations working to build and promote locally based and policies. CPN’s founder and executive director, Anya Schoolman, formed the group after she tried to install solar on her Mt. Pleasant home in 2007 and saw how challenging the process was at the time. She to help make the process easier and more affordable and has been helping others through the process nationwide ever since. CPN provides FL SUN with support and access to a national network of solar homeowners, practitioners, partners, policy experts, and policy makers.