Closed to new members

Cuyahoga 2023 Solar Co-op

Open to all Cuyahoga County residents, non-profits, and businesses.

144 members of 150 member goal

Co-op closes to new members on May 5, 2023

Join the Solar United Neighbors Cuyahoga Solar Co-op, learn about rooftop solar, add solar to your home, and give the gift of solar. We are proud to be partnered with the Cuyahoga County Sustainability Department, the City of Cleveland, and Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity to help pay it forward and give the gift of solar this holiday season. For every home that goes solar through the co-op, we will contribute $300 to a Habitat for Humanity solar array. We also need your help. Please, consider giving to reduce energy costs of our neighbors in need. Give here

Imagine walking into a solar company’s office with 50 or 100 of your neighbors and saying, “We all want to get solar. What kind of deal can you give us?”

That’s a solar co-op!

In fact, it’s even better than that. In addition to competitive pricing on solar panels, you get:

  • Info to help you understand solar. Our vendor-neutral solar experts are here to help you understand how solar works and make the best decision for your energy needs.
  • A direct line to ask specific questions. You can call or email us anytime you need help. We’ll be here now and long after you install solar.
  • A team that solicits and reviews proposals from solar companies. First, Solar United Neighbors requests bids on your behalf. Then, a committee of your fellow co-op members meet to assess the pros and cons and select the best installer for the group. (Note: If that sounds interesting to you, you’re also welcome to join the selection committee!)
  • Community. You’ll join the growing solar movement. You’ll have a built-in network of support and inspiration from others who, like you, are taking a stand for energy freedom and advancing the clean energy economy.
  • A bigger impact! Going solar creates jobs, and puts energy production and its benefits back in the hands of the people and contributes to cleaner air and water for everyone. A solar co-op amplifies those outcomes exponentially.

Watch the video below to learn more about our solar co-op process and its benefits, or view our FAQs.

How does a solar co-op work?

Can’t make our info session?

Watch a recorded session for general information on solar, how co-ops work, and what to expect if you join.

How much does solar cost?

* 2% electricity price increase per year, 12.22 cents/kWh electricity rate, -0.5% panel degradation per year, 1,234 yearly production per 1kW of solar

** reflects year one average savings – savings will grow each year as electricity costs increase

Cuyahoga 2023 Solar Co-op selected YellowLite to be the Installer!

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Cuyahoga 2023 Solar Co-op selects YellowLite Inc. to serve group.

The Cuyahoga 2023 Solar Co-op has selected YellowLite Inc. to install solar panels for 70-member group. Co-op members selected YellowLite through a competitive bidding process.

The group will hold more public information sessions to educate the community about solar and the co-op process. Dates and locations can be found on the “Events” tab of the co-op web page.

Solar United Neighbors issued a request for proposals to local installers in January. A committee of co-op members met on February 22, to review bids and select a solar installer on behalf of the full group. The committee decided on YellowLite after reviewing information about pricing, quality, experience and service.

YellowLite will provide each co-op member with an individualized proposal based on the group rate. By going solar as a group and choosing a single installer, members can save off the cost of going solar and have the support of fellow group members and solar experts at Solar United Neighbors.

The co-op is open to new members until March 31,2023. Cuyahoga County residents interested in joining the co-op can sign up here. The solar co-op is free to join and joining is not a commitment to purchase panels.

Co-op launched
November 29, 2022

Upcoming events

Installer selected

Co-op members selected YellowLite to be the group's installer through an open and competitive bidding process.

The company is in the process of developing personalized proposals for each co-op participant.

Co-op organizer

Tristan Rader
Ohio Program Director
Solar United Neighbors

Hello and thank you for checking out the solar co-op!

Whether you’re just curious about solar, or you’re ready to make the switch now, I’m here to help. I can answer any questions you have about solar. I’ll give you installer-neutral guidance to help you make an informed, confident decision about going solar.

I have made it my life’s work to bring about environmental and social change and have enjoyed working on the frontlines and in leadership to fight for these movements. I work throughout Ohio, helping communities go solar, join together, and fight for energy rights. Solar co-ops are a big part of this work!

I love seeing fellow Ohioans harvesting sunshine to lower their electric bills and build a clean, equitable energy system in their communities!

Take a look around the co-op page, and let me know how I can help you today.

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