Hillsborough and North Pinellas County residents forming solar co-ops to go solar together, get a discount

By Ben Delman on September 25, 2017
Homeowners interested in solar attend an information session.

Homeowners in Hillsborough and North Pinellas County are joining together to form solar co-ops. The groups will help homeowners save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. Both groups will hold information sessions to educate the community about solar and recruit new members. Information session dates and locations are below.

Hillsborough County homeowners interested in joining the co-op can sign up here. North Pinellas homeowners can sign up here. Once the groups are 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 ensure the best price and a quality installation.

The Hillsborough group is being sponsored by the League of Women VotersHillsborough CountyEnvironmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough CountyUniversity of Southern Florida Clean Energy Research CenterWinthrop Town CentreSouthern Alliance for Clean EnergyPhysicians for Social ResponsibilityUS Green Building Council Florida ChapterSierra Club Tampa Bay Group.

The League of Women VotersSierra Club Suncoast GroupUniversity of Southern Florida Clean Energy Research CenterCity of Safety HarborSouthern Alliance for Clean EnergyUS Green Building CouncilCity of Tarpon SpringsPhysicians for Social ResponsibilityCity of Dunedin, and Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs are sponsoring the North Pinellas group.

Hillsborough information sessions

Monday, October 9, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
South Shore Regional Library, Community Rooms 1 and 2
15816 Beth Shields Way
Ruskin, FL 33573
RSVP here

Wednesday, November 8, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, Community Rooms C and D
2902 West Bearss Avenue
Tampa, FL 33618
RSVP here

Tuesday, December 5, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Seminole Heights Branch Library, Community Rooms A and B
4711 Central Avenue
Tampa, FL 33603
RSVP here

North Pinellas information sessions

Tuesday, October 10, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Clearwater Library
100 North Osceola Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33755
RSVP here

Thursday, November 9, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Tarpon City Government Office
324 East Pine Street
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
RSVP here

Monday, December 4, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Safety Harbor Library
101 2nd Street North
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
RSVP here