Rene Ramos and Julia Trujillo – Pinecrest, FL
Went solar with the Miami-Dade Solar Co-op in 2018
System size: 8.9 kW, 28 solar panels
For our family the economics of going solar are entirely within reach, and we see it as a long-term investment that will pay rich dividends.
What interested you about going solar initially? Why do you support solar energy?
I’ve dabbled in small off-grid solar projects in my backyard for a number of years, and dreamed of having a system that could produce most, if not all of our family energy requirements. I find it bewildering that the people of our “Sunshine State” of Florida are not using solar and other low-impact, high yield sources for all of our energy needs. Furthermore, I believe that widespread adoption of renewable energy sources can solve multiple environmental, economic, and political problems for our country and the world. For our family (and I believe for many others) the economics of going solar are entirely within reach, and we see it as a long-term investment that will pay rich dividends.
Why did you choose to go solar with Solar United Neighbors?
I went with Solar United Neighbors because the combination of knowledge sharing and group purchasing power they represent bring the choice to go solar entirely and comfortably within reach of most families.
What benefits did you experience going solar with a co-op?
The main benefits of going solar have been the bargaining leverage of the group in terms of pricing for our solar solution, and the accelerated knowledge acquisition and sharing.
Has anything surprised you about going solar?
I’m surprised at how interested, supportive, and curious people are about our experience. Mostly they want to know about the costs, and when we explain the economics of it and the quick return on investment, they are impressed and want to know more.
What electricity savings have you seen since going solar?
Our June/July, 2018 bill from Florida Power and Light was $89.00. In previous years it has been in the neighborhood of $300-$350. We expect even more savings with upgrades to our air conditioning and water heating systems, as well as purchase of a variable speed pool pump.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering going solar?
Join the co-op. It is a no-strings way to learn about solar and whether it will work for your family and your home.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Thank you Solar United Neighbors!!!