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Closed to new members

Columbus Area Solar & EV Charger Co-op

This co-op is open to residents and small businesses in Franklin and Delaware counties.

151 members of 150 member goal

Co-op closes to new members on April 30, 2020

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.

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.

How much does solar cost?

* 2% electricity price increase per year, 12.22 cents/kWh electricity rate, -0.5% panel degradation per year, 1,234 yearly production per 1kW of solar

Co-op organizer

Tristan Rader
Ohio Program Director
Solar United Neighbors

I’ve made it my life’s work to further social, economic, and environmental justice. From working with NGOs in Africa to working in inner-city Cleveland with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, my mission has always been to serve others. And the best way to serve others is to help people build their power.

I have more than a decade of experience in community outreach, media, and organizing. At SUN, I use my experience and skills to build Ohio’s community of solar supporters.

I spend a lot of my free time engaged in my local community, where I serve on multiple boards and as an elected member of Lakewood City Council. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Kent State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Cleveland State University.

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