Homeowners across Volusia County 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 Volusia County, now is your chance! The co-op is sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Stetson University, the Sierra Club Volusia Flagler, Rotary Club of DeBary-Deltona-Orange City, Halifax River Audubon, Project H2O, the City of DeLand, Hispanic Health Initiatives, River of Lakes Heritage Corridor, The Volusia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Marine Discovery Center, West Volusia Audubon, Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and FL SUN.
Click here to sign up for the co-op
To learn more, join us for an information session:
Wednesday, September 20, 6 p.m.
Stetson University Lynn Business Center – Rinker Auditorium
345 North Woodland Boulevard
DeLand, FL 32723
Thursday, October 5, 5:30 p.m.
Deltona Regional Library Auditorium
2150 Eustace Avenue
Deltona, FL 32725
Saturday, October 21, 1:30 p.m.
Port Orange Regional Library
1005 City Center Circle
Port Orange, FL 32129
Wednesday, November 15, 12 p.m.
Daytona Beach Library
105 East Magnolia Ave
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Wednesday, November 15, 5:30 p.m.
New Smyrna Beach Regional Library
1001 South Dixie Freeway
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32114
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 the FL SUN team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Co-op in the news
- “New co-op launches to help homeowners,” West Voluisa Beacon (September 2017)
- “It’s time to turn on the sun in Volusia County,” Daytona Beach News-Journal (August 2017)
- “Volusia becomes 16th solar co-op in Florida,” Ormond Beach Observer (August 2017)
- “Solar energy cooperative kicks off in Volusia,” Daytona Beach News-Journal (August 2017)
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.