Residents of Allegheny County forming solar co-op to go solar together, get a discount

By Zach Schalk on April 30, 2018

Neighbors in Allegheny County have formed a solar co-op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. The Sierra Club, 350 Pittsburgh, Bloomfield Development Corporation, Triboro EcoDistrict, Lebogreen, Pittsburgh Housing Development Association, PennFuture, and Solar United Neighbors are the co-op sponsors. The group is seeking participants and will host information meetings Wednesday, May 9 and Thursday, May 24 to educate the community about solar and the co-op process.

Information sessions

Wednesday, May 9
5:30pm – 7pm
Millvale Moose
112 E Sherman Street
Millvale, PA 15209
RSVP here

Thursday, May 24
5:30pm – 7pm
Mt. Lebanon Public Library
16 Castle Shannon Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 152
RSVP here

Allegheny County residents interested in joining the co-op can sign up at the co-op website: 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.

Not sure if you can afford to go solar? Good news! Residents of the City of Pittsburgh who meet the income requirements can pay for their solar installation with a 0% interest loan through the Pittsburgh Home Rehabilitation Program. Visit this page to learn more and apply for financing.

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.