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Broward Residents Form Solar Co-op
  
  

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - The County has formed a solar co-op to save residents money and make going solar easier with the help of nonprofit Solar United Neighbors. Community partners the League of Women Voters of Broward County, The Climate Reality Project, Temple Solel, Friends of TY Park, The CLEO Institute, SACE, Pirani Life, Citizens Climate Lobby Broward, the City of Pompano Beach and SELF also support the project. The group is seeking participants and will host the first of several information meetings on Tuesday, April 2nd at the Sunrise Civic Center to educate the community about solar and the co-op process.

 

“We are supporting Solar Co-ops, and the specific collaboration with Solar United Neighbors to deliver support to our residents and businesses interested in going solar,” said Jennifer Jurado, Chief Resilience Office of Broward County. “Solar co-ops bring technical support and economies of scale through the collective purchase power of our diverse community members. All of our residents deserve the benefits that come with this investment, including dramatic energy savings on a monthly basis.”

 

Solar United Neighbors expands resident’s access to solar by educating them about the benefits of distributed solar energy, helping them organize group solar installations, and strengthening Florida solar policies and its community of solar supporters.

 

“I am so excited to work with Broward County residents to educate them about the benefits of solar energy,” said, Jody Finver, South Florida Program Coordinator for Solar United Neighbors. “If you’ve ever thought about going solar before, this is the perfect opportunity to do so.”

 

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 on the cost of going solar and have the support of fellow residents and solar experts at Solar United Neighbors.

 

Homeowners interested in joining the co-op can sign up at the co-op webpage: www.solarunitedneighbors.org/broward. The solar co-op is free to join and joining is not a commitment to purchase panels. Once the group is large enough, Solar United Neighbors will help solicit competitive bids from area solar installers.

 

“Over the past few years, throughout Florida, the League of Women Voters has supported the Solar United Neighbors co-op as they have helped residents purchase solar panels for their homes,” said Stephanie Pearson, Environmental Chair of the League of Women Voters Broward and past Broward County co-op participant. “When the co-op came to Broward in 2017, I personally took advantage of it.  I am thrilled. We are saving money but there is also the satisfaction that we are doing something to reduce our carbon footprint and encouraging others to do the same. The solar co-op makes it easy.  We encourage residents to attend these free information sessions to learn more.”

 

Solar United Neighbors supports solar co-ops across the country. These co-ops are a part of the organization’s mission to create a new energy system with rooftop solar as the cornerstone. Solar United Neighbors holds events and education programs to help people become informed solar consumers, maximize the value of their solar investment and advocate for fair solar policies. Those interested in supporting the organizations’ work and becoming a member can do so on their website.

 

Upcoming Broward Information Sessions

 

Tuesday, April 2nd, 6PM

Sunrise Civic Center

10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd, Sunrise

RSVP

 

Tuesday, April 16th, 6PM

Temple Solel

5100 Sheridan Street, Hollywood

RSVP

 

 

DATE: March 20, 2019

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Jill Horwitz, Broward Environmental Planning and Community Resilience

jhorwitz@broward.org

Susan Steinhauser, Solar Co-op Chair, LWV Broward Environmental Committee

susan0725@icloud.com

Jody Finver, Solar United Neighbors of Florida

jody@solarunitedneighbors.org


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