Solar Co-op Kickoff

SOLAR CO-OP IN PALM BEACH COUNTY KICK OFF

By Diane Marks

solar co-op kickoffPalm Beach started the County’s Solar Co-Op on November 1 at a Kickoff Media Event at the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center in West Palm Beach.

 

SOLAR POWER KICK OFF A SHINING SUCCESS

 

“It’s good for the environment, good for the economy, and good for the consumer,” states LWVPBC President, Karen Wilkerson.

Mayor Muoio of West Palm Beach; Rep. Lori Berman; Ana Puzkin, Sustainability Coordinator of Delray Beach; Jen Barenholtz, SolSmart Advisor; Alissa Jean Schafer of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy; and Jody Finver from Solar United Neighborhoods of Florida spoke about the need for and advantages of solar energy and the purpose of joining the Solar Co-op.

Solar United Neighborhoods of  Florida is a non-profit that educates Floridians about the benefits of solar energy and helps organize group solar installations – solar cooperatives.  FLSUN makes solar easy, understandable and affordable by holding public information sessions. Here is how the FLSUN Solar Cooperative works:

  • Homeowners form a buyers’ cooperative
  • The co-op bundles the group’s buying power
  • Members use a free-market approach in a competitive bidding process to select one installer and secure significant discounts for rooftop solar systems because of bulk purchasing and coordinated scheduling
  • Each homeowner contracts individually with the selected installer
  • No obligation or commitment by homeowner to sign the contract unless homeowner wishes to proceed

Solar co-ops result in lower utility bills, saving money for the consumer, and increased property values.

Informational meetings where the Co-op is explained along with all aspects of solar installation including financing and where residents can joined the Co-op are open to all residents of Palm Beach County interested in putting solar panels on their roofs.

Upcoming Information meetings:

  • November 15th at the Boynton Beach City Library at 6pm
  • December 4th at the Vista Governmental Center in West Palm Beach at 6pm
  • January 6th at the South Florida Science Center & Aquarium at 11am

For questions, contact Diane Marks at 702-1451 or via e-mail at dimarks@gate.net

For information about solar energy and the Co-op the website is:

Solarunitedneighborhoods.org/palmbeach