The West Broward Solar Co-op is no longer accepting sign-ups for the bulk purchase. More than 75 homeowners have signed up to learn about going solar with the group. If you are interested in going solar with a future co-op, click here to be notified when one starts in Broward County. The co-op was sponsored by Go Solar Florida, Broward County, Sierra Club and FL SUN. Co-op members selected installer Guardian Solar through an open and competitive bidding process to serve the group.
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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.
Learn more about solar technology, economics, and incentives here.
Still have questions? Contact Angela DeMonbreun and the FL SUN team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to mention the West Broward Solar Co-op in the subject line.
Co-op in the news
- “Solar co-ops aim to help homeowners get best deals on rooftop systems,” Sun-Sentinel (February 2017)
- “New county solar co-ops to pursue rooftop power,” Sun-Sentinel (February 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.