Solar Co-op Kickoff


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.




“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

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