Citrus County residents forming solar co-op to go solar together, get a discount
Neighbors in Citrus County have formed a solar co-op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. League of Women Voters of Citrus County, the Citrus County Council, Suwanee – St. Johns Group Sierra Club, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension, Kings Bay Springs Alliance, Nature Coast Unitarian Universalists and Solar United Neighbors are the co-op sponsors. The group is seeking members and will host an information meeting on Tuesday, March 6 at 6 p.m. at UF/IFAS Citrus County Extension to educate the community about solar and the co-op process.
Cynthia Osgood, the Public Information Officer for Citrus County shared, “We are the Nature Coast, one of the most beautiful and natural counties in the country. We should be on the forefront of renewable energy.”
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 worked with more than a dozen solar co-ops, helping roughly 750 Florida homes go solar, saving residents more than $3.4 million.
“By joining the co-op, we got the momentum to go from motivation to action,” said Dahlonega and Chuck Peck, Alachua County Solar Co-op participants. Teddi Rusnak, of the Citrus County Council, highlighted “let’s give the citizens of Citrus County a choice of sustainable energy.”
Citrus County residents interested in joining the co-op can sign up at the co-op website. 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.
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 up off the cost of going solar and have the support of fellow group participants and solar experts at Solar United Neighbors.