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Cleveland Low to Moderate Income Solar Program

To be considered for this program, you must be a Cleveland homeowner at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.
Co-op closes to new members on June 30, 2022

Rooftop solar provides a solution.

Cleveland Low to Moderate Income Solar Program

The families that can least afford a rooftop solar system often have the highest monthly energy bills. But everyone should have access to clean energy regardless of income.

This is why Mayor Justin Bibb and his administration, with help from Solar United Neighbors, has launched a project to help low to moderate-income households in Cleveland own a rooftop solar system this year.

Our goal is to install solar panels on 10 Cleveland homes at no cost to the homeowner so that we can study the positive impacts solar can have. We hope to identify the barriers people face when trying to go solar and develop solutions that address those barriers. 

To be considered for this program, you must be a Cleveland homeowner at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines (shown below). If you believe you meet these criteria and would like to be considered for this program, please fill out this form. We will also assess roof readiness, electricity grid compatibility, and other technical factors through the application process. Space in the program is limited; not everyone who is qualified will be selected.  


Imagine walking into a solar company’s office with 50 or 100 of your neighbors and saying, “We all want to get solar. What kind of deal can you give us?”

That’s a solar co-op!

In fact, it’s even better than that. In addition to competitive pricing on solar panels, you get:

  • Info to help you understand solar. Our vendor-neutral solar experts are here to help you understand how solar works and make the best decision for your energy needs.
  • A direct line to ask specific questions. You can call or email us anytime you need help. We’ll be here now and long after you install solar.
  • A team that solicits and reviews proposals from solar companies. First, Solar United Neighbors requests bids on your behalf. Then, a committee of your fellow co-op members meet to assess the pros and cons and select the best installer for the group. (Note: If that sounds interesting to you, you’re also welcome to join the selection committee!)
  • Community. You’ll join the growing solar movement. You’ll have a built-in network of support and inspiration from others who, like you, are taking a stand for energy freedom and advancing the clean energy economy.
  • A bigger impact! Going solar creates jobs, and puts energy production and its benefits back in the hands of the people and contributes to cleaner air and water for everyone. A solar co-op amplifies those outcomes exponentially.

Watch the video below to learn more about our solar co-op process and its benefits, or view our FAQs.

Consulta nuestro FAQ para más información sobre la tecnología solar y el proceso de comprar e instalar su sistema solar.

How does a solar co-op work?

Can’t make our info session?

Watch a recorded session for general information on solar, how co-ops work, and what to expect if you join.


Co-op organizer

Tristan Rader
Ohio Program Director
Solar United Neighbors

Hello and thank you for checking out the solar co-op!

Whether you’re just curious about solar, or you’re ready to make the switch now, I’m here to help. I can answer any questions you have about solar. I’ll give you installer-neutral guidance to help you make an informed, confident decision about going solar.

I have made it my life’s work to bring about environmental and social change and have enjoyed working on the frontlines and in leadership to fight for these movements. I work throughout Ohio, helping communities go solar, join together, and fight for energy rights. Solar co-ops are a big part of this work!

I love seeing fellow Ohioans harvesting sunshine to lower their electric bills and build a clean, equitable energy system in their communities!

Take a look around the co-op page, and let me know how I can help you today.

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