Beaches residents forming solar co-op to go solar together, get a discount

Neighbors in Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach have formed a solar co-op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters with the help of Solar United Neighbors. The group is seeking members and will host an information meeting Tuesday, July 16, 5:30 p.m., Neptune House, 510 Florida Boulevard Neptune Beach to educate the community about solar and the co-op process.

Neptune and Jacksonville Beach residents interested in joining the co-op can sign up at solarunitedneighbors.org/beachesbusiness. The solar co-op is free to join and joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase panels. Once the group is large enough, Solar United Neighbors 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, members can save off the cost of going solar and have the guidance from the experts at Solar United Neighbors.

The North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce, League of Women Voters of Jacksonville/First Coast, USGBC Florida, Beaches Go Green, Sierra Club Northeast FL Group are the co-op sponsors.

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