Homeowners in Southern Miami-Dade 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 this area, now’s your chance! The co-op is 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, Sustainable Miami, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, The Cleo Institute, Sierra Club, Miami-Dade County, Cutler Bay and FL SUN.
The Southern Miami-Dade Solar Co-op covers the following areas: Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay, Homestead, Florida City, Naranja, Goulds, Redlands as well as unincorporated neighborhoods west and south to the Miami-Dade County Line.
To learn more about the co-op, join us for an information session:
Tuesday, September 12, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Palmetto Golf Course
9300 SW 152nd Street
Miami, FL 33157
Tuesday, October 17, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cutler Bay Town Hall
10720 Caribbean Boulevard, Suite 110
Cutler Bay, FL 33189
Wednesday, November 8, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Miami Dade College Homestead Campus
500 College Terrace, Room F222
Homestead, FL 33030
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 Jody Finver and the FL SUN team at email@example.com. Be sure to mention the Southern Miami-Dade 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.