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Posted on: September 27, 2017

FL Sun Solar Co-Op comes to North Pinellas

Posted: 9/27/17


On September 25, 2017n the N. Pinellas chapter of the League of Women Voters, FL SUN and the Suncoast Sierra Club launched a solar cooperative to help save homeowners and small businesses significant money on solar PV systems through the power of competitive bidding and group purchasing.


FL SUN - supported by D.C.-based Community Power Network (CPN) - will be the platform for the Solar Co-Op.  Since its launch in 2016, FL Sun has formed 16 solar co-ops across the state, signed up 2800 co-op members, helped 500+ homeowners go solar at great prices, generated $15 million in energy savings for members and over $9 million in investment in local communities; as well as offsetting 178,177,313 lbs of CO2 [over the life of the solar arrays].  Nationally, CPN has formed 103 co-ops across six states and signed up 10,000+ co-op members since its beginnings in 2011.


FL Sun is working in partnership with the League of Women Voters, the Suncoast Sierra Club and a host of Community Partners on this important initiative. Joining the Solar Co-op is a great way to learn about solar power for your home or business, get assistance through the purchase process and save significant money on energy bills for decades!


What is a solar co-operative?

The FL Sun Solar Co-Ops are groups of community members going solar together, and by leveraging the power of competitive bidding and ‘group-buying’, are garnering significant discounts on residential and small commercial solar PV systems. In addition, FL Sun –

  • Hosts a series of public Solar Information Meetings to offer a basic primer in solar technology and economics, as well as to answer questions and explain the advantages of buying through the co-op.
  • Facilitates the bidding process and the evaluation of bids & installers, lending their solar expertise to give members confidence in a thorough vetting process.
  • Other program aims include saving members money on electric bills, raising public awareness to the many benefits of going solar, moving FL towards a place of national leadership in this fast-growing industry, and broadening Florida’s network of solar supporters to help strengthen solar policies.

 

Benefits to homeowners

  • Save on average 20% off retail prices on solar PV systems – sometime more
  • Get support through the purchase process
  • Save significant $$ on energy bills for decades and derive a handsome return on investment
  • Add value to your home

Benefits to the area: 

  • Support our local solar industry and the good jobs they create
  • Cleaner air
  • Add resiliency to the grid: less wear & tear and maintenance; less need for ‘Peaker’ power (expensive stand-by generation used during max demand) and costly new power plants; downward pressure on fuel costs; less ‘line loss’ (power lost through transmission) by consuming power at the point of generation


Attend a Solar Information Session to learn the basics of residential solar and get your questions answered.

Upcoming Solar Information Sessions:

Tuesday Oct 10th, 6:00 to 8:00 PM -       Clearwater Public Library (main):

100 N. Osceola Ave, Clearwater, FL 33755

Thursday November 9th, 6:00 to 8:00 pm – Tarpon City Hall Auditorium:

324 East Pine Street, Tarpon Springs, 34689

Monday December 4th, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM - Safety Harbor Public Library:

101 2nd Street N., Safety Harbor, FL 34695

For more information on FL Sun and to register for the co-op visit us at:  www.flsun.org/pinellas/

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