New solar co-op forms in Orange County to help homeowners go solar together, get a discount

By Ben Delman on January 22, 2018

Neighbors east of I-4 have formed a solar co-op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. Orange County Government, Orange County: Our Home for Life, Sierra Club Central Florida Chapter, Orange Audubon Society, Winter Park Garden Club, First Unitarian Church or Orlando, University of Florida IFAS Orange County Extension, Rollins College, NAACP Orange County Branch and Solar United Neighbors are the co-op sponsors. The group is seeking participants and will host an information meeting on Wednesday, January 31 at 6 p.m. at Barry University (click here to RSVP) to educate the community about solar and the co-op process.

Orange County residents living east of the I-4 interested in joining the co-op can sign up at the co-op web page. 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.