The group is seeking participants and will host several informational meetings across the county to educate the community about solar and the co-op process.
WEST PALM BEACH, FL. (September 28, 2018)
– The City of West Palm Beach Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is pleased to be a co-sponsor of a solar co-op formed to make going solar easier for our residents and to save them money. With the help of non-profit Solar United Neighbors whose mission is to create a new energy system with rooftop solar as the cornerstone, the City has teamed up with the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County, Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, City of Boynton Beach, City of Delray Beach, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Audubon Everglades, City of Boca Raton, and the Unitarian Universal Fellowship of Boca Raton. The group is seeking participants and will host several informational meetings across the county to educate the community about solar and the co-op process.
“In West Palm Beach we are committed to having a resilient and sustainable community,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, the Palm Beach Solar Co-op Honorary Chair. “The co-ops complement the work we are doing in West Palm Beach. We have the Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE), and you can combine the solar co-op with our PACE financing program. We’re proud to partner with Solar United Neighbors, local groups and municipalities with the goal of expanding solar in our community and saving our residents money.”
Co-op participants 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, participants can save on the cost of going solar and have the support of fellow co-op participants and solar experts at Solar United Neighbors.
West Palm Beach residents and residents of other Palm Beach County communities who are interested in joining the co-op can sign up at the co-op website (https://www.solarunitedneighbors.org/join-the-solar-co-op/?co-op=Palm+Beach+County+Solar+Co-op+(Round+2)&installer=no
). Joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase panels. Once the group is large enough, Solar United Neighbors will help the co-op solicit competitive bids from area solar installers.
Solar United Neighbors expands access to solar by educating Florida residents about the benefits of distributed solar energy, helping them organize group solar installations, and strengthening Florida’s solar policies and its community of solar supporters. Solar United Neighbors has launched 38 solar co-ops helping more than 1,000 Florida homeowners go solar and installing more than 10 MW of solar.
“I am excited to bring a second co-op to Palm Beach County and work with residents to educate them about the benefits of solar energy,” said Jody Finver, Solar United Neighbors of Florida’s South Florida Program Coordinator. “This is perfectly timed with the National Solar Tour where homeowners can visit solar homes and see how easy it is to harness the sun and lower your energy bill.”
“Going solar is a three-point winner,” said League of Women Voters Palm Beach County President, Karen Wilkerson. “It’s good for the environment, good for the economy and good for the consumer. Join today, and let the Florida sunshine provide your energy.”
The co-op launches just before the National Solar Tour
. The tour features hundreds of solar open houses and local solar tours across the country, providing a chance for people to learn about solar, connect with their neighbors, and see solar energy in action. Two tours are scheduled to take place in Palm Beach County.
West Palm Beach residents seeking more information are encouraged to contact the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability at (561) 822-1200 or Solar United Neighbors of Florida (https://www.solarunitedneighbors.org/florida/go-solar-in-florida/go-solar-in-a-florida-group/palm-beach-county-solar-co-op/
INFORMATION SESSION DETAILS
Saturday, October 13
Gardens Branch Library
11303 Campus Drive
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Saturday, October 13
Wellington Branch Library
1951 Royal Fern Drive
Wellington, FL 33414
Saturday, November 17
West Boca Branch Library
18685 SR 7
Boca Raton, FL 33498
NATIONAL SOLAR TOUR SITES
Saturday, October 6
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
94 Sparrow Lane
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411
Monday, October 15
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Solar Tech Universal Factory
1800 President Barack Obama Highway
Riviera Beach, FL 33404