New solar co-op forming in St. Petersburg to help residents go solar, get a discount

By Ben Delman on January 30, 2018

Neighbors in St. Petersburg have formed a solar co-op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area, Sierra Club Suncoast Group, the City of St. Petersburg, Chart 411, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, St. Petersburg Ecovillage, and Floridians for Solar Choice are the co-op’s sponsors. The group is seeking participants and will host an information meeting on Wednesday, February 7 at 6 p.m. at the Sunshine Senior Center to educate the community about solar and the co-op process.

St. Petersburg residents and Pinellas County residents living south of Clearwater and State Road 60 interested in joining the co-op can sign up at the co-op web page. The 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 participants 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 off the cost of going solar and have the guidance from the experts at Solar United Neighbors.

Information session details

Wednesday, February 7
6 p.m.
Sunshine Senior Center
330 5th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Click here to RSVP