Hillsborough County Launches Neighbors Solar Cooperative

BY D’Ann Lawrence White, — 07/13/2020

The nonprofit group Solar United Neighbors (SUN) announced the launch of the Hillsborough County Solar Co-op to help area residents go solar with the help of SELF. The co-op is free to join and open to homeowners and business owners in Hillsborough County. Together, co-op members will learn about solar energy and leverage their numbers to ensure competitive pricing and quality solar installations.

Here is an excerpt that features SELF:

“The co-op will enable Hillsborough County homeowners and business owners to join the growing community of people saving money by harnessing solar power,” said Julia Herbst, Gulf Coast program coordinator for Solar United Neighbors. “Together, we’re building a movement to transform our electricity system into one that is cleaner, fairer and shares its benefits more broadly.”

After a competitive bidding process facilitated by SUN, co-op members will select a single solar company to complete the installations. Joining the co-op does not obligate members to purchase solar. Instead, members will have the option to individually purchase panels and electric vehicle chargers based on the installer’s group rate.

Partnering on the co-op are Hillsborough CountyLeague of Women Voters of Hillsborough CountyEnvironmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough CountySouthern Alliance for Clean EnergyTampa Bay Sierra ClubSolar and Energy Loan Fund (SELF), and Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council.

The article can be found here.

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