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Sarasota County Solar Co-op

Residents of Sarasota County are eligible to join this co-op. This co-op is made possible by funding from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

70 members of 100 member goal

Co-op closes to new members on December 18, 2020

Sarasota County Solar Co-op extends signup deadline

Monday, November 16, 2020

In order to give more people a chance to go solar, we are extending the signup deadline for the Sarasota County Solar Co-op to December 18, 2020. This co-op is open to residents of Sarasota County. Spread the word to your neighbors, friends, and family to join the co-op! Pass along our link (www.SolarUnitedNeighbors.org/Sarasota) so they can sign up as well. If you would like to learn more about our co-op process, the basics of solar, or more information on solar economics check out one of our digital info sessions.  These webinars are live presentations and free to attend. More information and registration can be found under the Events tab on this webpage. Unable to attend one of these? You can view our pre-recorded info session. Please reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions.

Sarasota County Solar Co-op selects Region Solar to serve group

Monday, November 2, 2020

The Sarasota County Solar Co-op has selected Region Solar to install solar panels for the 33-member group. Co-op members selected Region Solar through a competitive bidding process over 7 other firms. The group will hold digital information sessions to educate the community about solar and the co-op process. To register for any of these free webinars, please visit the Events tab of the co-op’s web page.

Co-op members selected Region Solar for their competitive pricing, equipment offerings, warranties, and experience.

The co-op is open to new members until December 4. Residents of Sarasota County interested in joining the co-op can sign up at the co-op web page. The solar co-op is free to join and joining is not a commitment to purchase panels.

Region Solar will provide each co-op member with an individualized proposal based on the group rate. By going solar as a group and choosing a single installer, members can save off the cost of going solar and have the support of fellow group members and solar experts at Solar United Neighbors.

Sarasota County Solar Co-op issues RFP

Monday, October 5, 2020

The 29-member Sarasota County Solar Co-op issued a request 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. The co-op is sponsored by: Gulf Coast Community Foundation; Sarasota County; City of Sarasota; League of Women Voters of Sarasota County; Sierra Club Manatee-Sarasota Group; Suncoast Climate Justice Coalition; 96.5 WSLR – Sarasota Community Radio; Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County; Peace Education & Action Center. The group also announced it will host information meetings to educate the community about solar and the co-op process. To learn details on when and where these meetings will occur, or to register for any of the free meetings, please visit the Events tab of the co-op’s web page.

Local installers interested in serving the group can download the RFP and response template.
Bids are due Monday, October 19 by 5:00 p.m.

The solar co-op is free to join and joining 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, members can save off the cost of going solar and have the support of fellow group members and solar experts at Solar United Neighbors. Residents of Sarasota County interested in joining the co-op can sign up at the co-op web page.

Sarasota County Solar Co-op Launches

Friday, September 4, 2020

The Sarasota County Solar Co-op is now open to residents of Sarasota County. This co-op is made possible by funding from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

Spread the word to your neighbors, friends, and family to join the co-op! Pass along our link (www.solarunitedneighbors.org/sarasota) so they can sign up as well. If you would like to learn more about our co-op process, the basics of solar, or more information on solar economics check out one of our digital info sessions.  These webinars are live presentations and free to attend. More information and registration can be found under the Events tab on this webpage. Unable to attend one of these? You can view our pre-recorded info session. Please reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions.

Co-op launched
September 4, 2020

Co-op organizer

Julia Herbst
Gulf Coast Program Coordinator
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.
 

My experience in architecture, community service and environmental education includes energy and resource stewardship. I work throughout Florida’s Gulf Coast, 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 Floridians 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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