The sign-up deadline for the co-op has now passed. More than 250 homeowners signed up to go solar, and over 45 co-op members have already gone solar! Live in Space Coast but missed the sign-up deadline? Join the FL SUN newsletter to learn of new co-ops as they launch near you.
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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
- “Residents take a shine to Space Coast solar co-op,” Viera Voice (January 2017)
- “Solar update,” WFIT-FM (January 2017)
- “Group selects solar company,” Florida Today (December 2016)
- “League of Women Voters to start new solar co-op,” Florida Today (October 2016)
- “Let the sun shine,” Politico Florida Playbook (October 2016)
- “Group helps residents save money on converting to solar power,” WESH-TV (October 2016)
- “Discussion on solar,” Florida Today (August 2016)
- “Dueling amendments shed light on Florida’s solar future,” Florida Today (August 2016)
Still have questions? Contact Angela DeMonbreun at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to mention the Space Coast 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.