First two solar co-ops launch in Miami-Dade County

By Ben Delman on May 24, 2017
Miami Solar Co-op members celebrate their launch
Miami Solar Co-op members celebrate their launch

Miami-Dade residents have formed solar co-ops to save money and simplify the installation of solar power, while building a powerful network of solar supporters. Co-op members work together to learn about solar energy and solicit bids from local installers to serve the group. Working together, co-op members are able to save up to 20% off the cost of installing solar through this bulk purchase process.

Partners in this effort include: The League of Women Voters, FloridaLeague of Women Voters Miami-Dade, The Green Corridor Property Assessment Clean Energy (PACE) District, Tropical Audubon SocietyRise Up FloridaCLEO Institute, Citizens Climate LobbySustainable Miami, Resilient MiamiUrban Impact Lab, Unitarian Universalists Congregation of Miami , Women’s March MiamiCommissioner Ken Russell’s office and FL SUN.

The partnership looks to develop six solar co-ops over the next year. It is starting with two co-ops, one in Central Miami – North and the other in Central Miami – South. These co-ops launched with a May 24 press conference at South Miami City Hall.

Miami-Dade residents interested in joining a solar co-op in their area can sign up at 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, participants can save up to 20% off the cost of their system.

The co-ops will host free solar information meetings as each co-op launches to educate the community about solar and the co-op process.

Central Miami – North co-op information session

May 31, 7:00 p.m.
City of Miami City Hall
3500 Pan American Drive
Miami, Fl 33133

Central Miami – South co-op information session

June 1, 7:00 p.m.
Pinecrest Community Center
5855 SW 111th Street
Pinecrest, FL 33156