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.
Co-op in the news
- “Orange solar co-op attracts more than 400,” Orlando Sentinel (November 2016)
- “Solar panels become more popular in Florida,” WFTV-TV (November 2016)
- “Orange County Homeowners Invited to Attend Final Informational Session about Going Solar,” West Orlando News (November 2016)
- “Orange-County Picks ESA Renewables-to-install-solar-panels-for-co-op-participants,” Orlando Rising (October 2016)
- “County Solar Co-op makes bulk purchase possible,” The Apopka Voice (October 2016)
- “Orange County Homeowners Invited to Attend Informational Sessions about Going Solar,” The Apopka Voice (September 2016)
- “Eyes on solar tax break for a greener Florida,” Orlando Sentinel (August 2016)
- “Ahorrio de Energia,” WTMO-TV (August 2016)
- “How to go solar: Group forming solar co-ops in Florida,” News 13 (August 2016)
- “Orange County Solar Co-Op Holds Informational Meetings,” WMFE-FM (August 2016)
- “Orange County offers information sessions on solar co-ops,” Orlando Sentinel (August 2016)
- “Solar amendment has widespread support — but not all on board,” News 13 (August 2016)
- “Descuentos para obtener energía solar,” El Sentinel (August 2016)
- “Solar Panel Co-op Program,” WOFL-TV (August 2016)
- “Orange County Solar Co-op,” WOFL-TV (August 2016)
- “Orange County sponsors West Orange Solar Co-op,” West Orange Times & Observer (August 2016)
- “Cooperativas solares en el condado Orange ahorran energía eléctrica,” WTMO-CD (August 2016)
- “Advocates pitch sunny future for solar,” Orlando Sentinel (August 2016)
- “Orange County inviting residents to start a new solar co-op,” WFTV-TV (August 2016)
- “New Solar Co-op Hopes to Shine in Orange County,” West Orlando News (August 2016)
- “Orange County enters into new solar co-op to promote solar energy for residents,” Orlando Rising (August 2016)
- “Orange County Government stands-up Solar Co-op,” Orlando Political Observer
- “New Solar Co-op Hopes to Shine in Orange County,” The Apopka Voice (August 2016)
Still have questions? Contact Angela DeMonbreun at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to mention the Orange County Solar Co-op in the subject line.
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.