Homeowners in Miami-Dade County are forming solar co-ops! Co-op members will use their group buying power to get a discounted price for solar panels. The co-ops are sponsored by the League of Women Voters Miami-Dade County, Green Corridor (Ygrene), Tropical Audubon Society, Earth Ethics Institute, Miami Dade College, Rise up Florida!, Resilient Miami, Urban Impact Lab, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami, Sustainable Miami, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, The Cleo Institute, Sierra Club, the City of South Miami, Miami-Dade County and FL SUN.
Click on the map, or below, to learn more about the co-op in your area and sign up to go solar.
|1. Central Miami (North)
Areas served: Key Biscayne, Coral Gables, City of Miami west to the Palmetto. From SW 40th Street/ Bird Rd to NW 79th Street.
|2. Central Miami (South)
Areas served: Pinecrest, South Miami and unincorporated neighborhoods west to West Kendall. Bird Road to SW 138th Street.
|3. Southern Miami-Dade
Areas served: Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay, Homestead, Florida City, Naranja, Goulds, Redlands as well as unincorporated neighborhoods west and south to the Miami-Dade County Line.
| 4. Northern Miami-Dade
Areas served: Country Club, Miami Lakes, Miami Gardens, Opa-Locka, West Little River, El Portal, Miami Shores, North Miami. From NW 72 Street to the county line.
|5. Western Miami-Dade
Areas served: Hialeah, Miami Springs, Doral, Westchester, Unincorporated Miami-Dade to the western county line. From SW 42nd Street to the northern tip of Hialeah.
Co-op opening late fall/early winter.
|6. The Beaches
Areas served: North Miami Beach, Aventura, Golden Beach, Surfside, Eastern Shores, Sunny Isles Beach, Miami Beach, Bal Harbor, North Bay Village.
Co-op opening late fall/early winter.
Watch the information session below to learn more:
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-ops in the news
- “Letter: Let solar power save you some money,” Miami Herald (August 2017)
- “South Miami’s Mayor Philip Stoddard On Solar Panels Rule: ‘Nothing’ Is Not An Acceptable Option,” WLRN-FM (July 2017)
- “Solar co-ops give residents a chance to save money, help the planet,” The Islander News (June 2017)
- “Miami-Dade Neighbors Can Go Solar for Less Green,” WIOD-AM (May 2017)
- “Solar Co-op Program Unveiling,” WTVJ-TV (May 2017)
- “Solar Co-op Press Conference Live Stream,” WTVJ-TV (May 2017)
- “New program encourages homeowners to go solar with neighbors to get discounts,” Miami Herald (2017)
- “Two New Solar Co-ops Launch In South Miami,” WLRN-FM (May 2017)
- “Interview with Dr. Phil Stoddard,” WLRN-FM (May 2017)
Learn more about solar technology, economics, and incentives here.
Still have questions? Contact Jody Finver and the FL SUN team at email@example.com.
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.