Closed to new members

El Paso Solar Co-op

Open to residents of El Paso County.

30 members of 100 member goal

Registration closes on January 31, 2024

Para obtener información en español, haga clic aquí.

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 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? How much can you save?

Example pricing only. Actual system size and price will vary based on installer’s pricing, available roof space, and your budget. *Savings assumptions: 2% electricity price increase per year, customer on residential service rate with net production credited based on Rate Schedule No. 48, 0.5% panel degradation per year, 1,780 yearly kWh production per 1kW of solar, 180 degrees of azimuth (roof facing due south), 20 degrees of tilt, 12,374Wh/yr energy consumption for 7kW system customer.

Example pricing only. Actual cost depends on system size, interest rate, credit score, & other factors. Prices do not include incentives besides 30% tax credit. ** Reflects year one average savings. Savings will grow each year as avoided utility electricity costs increase.


El Paso Solar Co-op selects Sunshine City Solar to serve group

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

The El Paso Solar Co-op has selected Sunshine City Solar to install solar panels, electric vehicle (EV) chargers, and battery backup for the group. Co-op members selected Sunshine City Solar through a competitive bidding process over 7 other companies.

Co-op members selected Sunshine City Solar because of their competitive pricing and extensive experience in the area.

The co-op is open to new members until January 31. El Paso 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.

Sunshine City Solar 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 on the cost of going solar and have the support of fellow group members, as well as solar experts at Solar United Neighbors.

El Paso Solar Co-op releases RFP

Thursday, December 7, 2023

The El Paso Solar Co-op today issued a request for proposals (RFP) from solar installers. The group members created the co-op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. The City of El Paso, Eco El Paso, and Amanacer People’s Project are the co-op sponsors.

Local installers interested in serving the group can download the RFP and respond here. El Paso residents interested in joining the co-op can sign up on the co-op webpage.

The solar co-op is free to join and joining is not a commitment to purchase panels. Co-op members will select a single company to complete all of the installations. They will then have the option to purchase panels individually based on the installer’s group rate. By going solar as a group and choosing a single installer, members can save on the cost of going solar, as well as have the support of fellow group members and solar experts at Solar United Neighbors.

Co-op launched
September 12, 2023

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Installer selected

Co-op members selected Sunshine City Solar 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

America Garcia
Texas Program Director
Solar United Neighbors of Texas

America Garcia is a passionate activist and enthusiastic leader, who has dedicated her career to empowering minority communities throughout the Lone Star State. As the Texas Program Director, America carries an extensive background in the retail electricity market and grassroots organizing that has resulted in dozens of elected candidates across local, state, and national campaigns.

Born to Mexican immigrants, America is a native Californian whose first language is Spanish. She is currently working on learning French as well as many other new skills. When she isn’t making an impact with her work, she loves nothing more than traveling to new places alongside her family – not to mention always making room for one more rescued animal.

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