Video from the co-op announcement press conference.
The sign-up deadline for the St. Pete Solar Co-op has passed. 260 people signed up for the group, and more than 45 of them have already gone solar! Co-op members used their group buying power to get a discounted price for solar panels. The League of Women Voters Florida, Sierra Club, and FL SUN sponsored the co-op.
The group selected selected Brevard Solar, LLC to install systems for the group’s members through a competitive bidding process. The company is now in the process of contacting members with a personalized proposal for their home.
Live in the St. Pete area but missed the sign-up deadline? Join the FL SUN newsletter to learn of new co-ops as they launch near you!
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
- “Want to Go Solar in St. Pete?,” Tampa Bay Reporter (September 2016)
- “Florida Solar Amendment Up for a Vote Right Now,” WMNF-AM (August 2016)
- “Solar co-op arrives in St. Petersburg, Sunshine City,” 83 Degrees Media (August 2016)
- “New Pinellas co-op for rooftop solar power,” WMNF-FM (July 2016)
- “St. Pete Solar Co-op: “Let the sun pay your bills,” SaintPetersBlog (July 2016)
- “League of Women Voters joins effort to expand solar energy — with price break, too,” Miami Herald (July 2016)
- “League of Women Voters going all in on solar power in Florida this year,” Florida Politics (July 2016)
- “Fighting the power: In St. Pete, solar advocates talk about Amendment 4, power company efforts to thwart it,” Creative Loafing Tampa Bay (July 2016)
- “Group touts ‘solar co-ops’,” Tampa Bay Times (July 2016)
- “League of Women Voters to organize solar co-ops beginning in St. Petersburg,” SaintPetersBlog (July 2016)
Still have questions? Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to mention the St. Petersburg 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.