The 150-member Hillsborough County Solar Co-op and 60-member North Pinellas County Solar Co-op today issued requests for proposals (RFP) from area solar installers. The group members created the co-op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. Both groups have scheduled several information meetings (details below) to educate the community about solar and the co-op process.
Hillsborough County residents interested in joining the co-op can sign up at the co-op website. Pinellas County residents living north of State Road 60 and in Clearwater can sign up at the co-op website. Joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase panels. 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 they are getting a quality installation at a good price.
The League of Women Voters, Hillsborough County, League of Women Voters North Pinellas, Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County, University of Southern Florida Clean Energy Research Center, Winthrop Town Centre, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Physicians for Social Responsibility, US Green Building Council Florida Chapter, Sierra Club Tampa Bay Group, Sierra Club Suncoast Group, City of Safety Harbor, City of Tarpon Springs, City of Dunedin, Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs and Solar United Neighbors of Florida are the co-op sponsors.
Hillsborough County Solar Co-op information sessions
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
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
North Pinellas County Solar Co-op information sessions
Thursday, November 9, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Tarpon City Government Office
324 East Pine Street
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
Monday, December 4, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Safety Harbor Library
101 2nd Street North
Safety Harbor, FL 34695