Homeowners across Sarasota 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 Sarasota, now is your chance! The co-op is sponsored by the League of Women Voters Florida, the Sarasota Classified Teachers Association, the Sierra Club of Manatee-Sarasota, the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the Florida House Institute, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, the City of Sarasota, and FL SUN.
Co-op members have selected Solar Energy Management through an open and competitive bidding process. The company is in the process of developing personalized proposals for each co-op member. The group is open to new sign ups through May 1.
To learn more about the co-op, join us for an information session:
April 1, 12:30 p.m.
North Port Library
13800 Tamiami Trail
April 18, 5:30 p.m.
North Sarasota Library
2801 Newtown Boulevard
Or, watch a recorded information session 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.
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 Sarasota Solar Co-op in the subject line.
Co-op in the news
- “Future bright for solar in Florida,” Sarasota Herald-Tribune (March 2017)
- “Two initiatives could empower more households to go solar,” Sarasota Herald-Tribune (February 2017)
- “Sarasota County launches solar energy co-op program for homeowners,” 83Degrees (January 2017)
- “HAROLD BUBIL: The other reasons to ‘go solar’,” Sarasota Herald-Tribune (January 2017)
- “Sarasota Co-Op offers discounts on going solar,” Sarasota Herald-Tribune (January 2017)
- “Homeowners in Sarasota look to capitalize on solar energy at Solar Co-op Conference,” WWSB-TV (January 2017)
- “Want to go solar?,” unRavel (January 2017)
- “Solar Co-op Launches in Sarasota,” WUSF-FM (January 2017)
- “Solar Power co-op program to be offered in Sarasota,” WWSB-TV (January 2017)
- “Press Conference for Sarasota Solar Co-Op,” SRQ (January 2017)
- “Interview,” WSLR-FM (December 2016)
Ready to go solar? Sign up below!
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.