Orange County Solar Co-op

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The sign-up deadline for the Orange County Solar Co-op has passed. More than 550 Orange County residents signed up for the group!  Over 70 have already gone solar.  The co-op was sponsored by the League of Women Voters Florida, the Orange County Government, the Central Florida chapter of the Sierra Club, the City of Orlando, the Winter Park Garden Club, and FL SUN.

Co-op members selected installer ESA Renewables, LLC to serve the group. They chose the company through an open and competitive bidding process from a group of more than a dozen other companies.

If you live in Orange County, and are interested in going solar with a FL SUN co-op, sign up for the FL SUN newsletter to learn of new co-ops that launch in the area.

Watch this recorded information session below to learn more about solar and 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.
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Co-op in the news


Learn more about solar, incentives, etc here.

Still have questions? Contact Angela DeMonbreun at  Be sure to mention the Orange County Solar Co-op in the subject line.

FL SUN is a project of Community Power Network (CPN), a network of grass roots, local, state, and national organizations working to build and promote locally based renewable energy projects 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 organized her neighbors 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.