Residents of Hillsborough and Pinellas are eligible for new solar co-ops

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Mini solar photovoltaic (PV) panel. By Seán Kinane / WMNF News (25 April 2019).

Solar United Neighbors announced new co-ops for Pinellas and Hillsborough County. Co-ops allow large groups of people to bargain together for a shared rate.

The organization guides members through the process but group members choose the installer. Co-ops are free to join. After negotiations finish, each member decides whether they buy in.

“So St. Petersburg, a lot of the municipalities in Pinellas County and Hillsborough County, have supported us, we’re on our eighth or ninth solar co-op here.” SUN Florida Gulf Coast Program Director Julia Herbst said. “So we literally have hundreds of people with millions of dollars of electricity bill savings, and lots of jobs created locally.”

SUN is holding a Florida Solar Action Team Meeting on March 12 to discuss pro-solar action.

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