Alachua County residents form Solar Co-op to go solar together, get a discount

By Ben Delman on April 20, 2017

Alachua County Co-op MembersNeighbors in Alachua County have formed a solar co-op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. Suwannee St. John’s Sierra ClubLeague of Women Voters Alachua CountySwamp Head BreweryEarthkeepersInterfaith Climate GroupYgrene Energy FundWe Are Neutral, and FL SUN are the co-op sponsors. The group is seeking members and will host an information meeting on April 30 at 3 p.m. at the Alachua County Library Headquarters (401 East University Avenue) to educate the community about solar and the co-op process.

Joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase panels. Once the group is large enough, FL SUN will help the co-op solicit competitive bids from area solar installers.

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, participant can save up to 20% off the cost of their system.