Back by Popular Demand:
Broward Solar Co-op!
The 2019 Broward County Solar Co-op is NOW OPEN to all residents and small businesses in Broward County, Florida. Homeowners interested in joining the co-op can sign up at the co-op web page: www.solarunitedneighbors.org/broward
. The solar co-op is free to join and joining is not a commitment to purchase panels.
The co-op saves residents money and makes going solar easier, with the help of nonprofit Solar United Neighbors
. “Solar co-ops bring technical support and economies of scale through the collective purchase power of our diverse community members. All of our residents deserve the benefits that come with this investment, including dramatic energy savings on a monthly basis,” said Dr. Jennifer Jurado, Chief Resilience Officer of Broward County. Broward County supports the Solar Co-op as one of its strategies for reaching its goal of sourcing 20% of its energy from renewables and reducing emissions to mitigate climate change impacts.
Once the group is large enough, Solar United Neighbors will help 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 on the cost of going solar and have the support of fellow residents and solar experts at Solar United Neighbors.
Community partners include the League of Women Voters of Broward County, The Climate Reality Project, Temple Solel, Friends of TY Park, The CLEO Institute, SACE, Pirani, Citizens Climate Lobby Broward, the City of Pompano Beach and SELF.
Solar United Neighbors holds events and education programs to help people become informed solar consumers, maximize the value of their solar investment and advocate for fair solar policies. See scheduled Information Sessions on the right side of this page.
Tips for Going Solar in Broward
Broward County has set an initial goal to acquire 20% of its electricity from renewable sources. Here in South Florida, renewable energy from the sun is one of our best options.
Are you considering—or ready to go—solar?
We have compiled a brief list of things to consider as you pursue your solar options:
1. Examine your electricity bill.
Determine how much energy you use annually. You should know the annual cost of your electric bills, and the cost per kilowatt hour. If you need help, you can reach out to your electricity provider. FPL Understand My Bill
3. Understand your site.
Know the orientation, age and condition of your roof, and the nearby landscape. Is your roof shaded by buildings or trees? Does your roof need replacement in the near future? Search for your home on Project Sunroof
4. Contact a contractor.
Speak to solar contractors so they can help you navigate the feasibility of solar on your site and assess whether, and how quickly, the energy savings from solar panels will “repay” the initial cost of the panels. Compare several solar contractor
offers and reviews
5. Start small.
Don’t forget to consider solar thermal water heating systems. Dollar for dollar, these are often the most cost-effective solar energy projects. Solar hot water systems come in all shapes, sizes and configurations. System Types
and System Calculator
6. Shop around.
Check with your financial institution, the solar contractor, and for other traditional financing choices. The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program
is an innovative financing option now available for property owners in participating cities. The non-profit Solar and Energy Loan Fund (SELF)
is an independent, non-profit, community-based lending organization focused on financing home renovations that promote energy efficiency, clean energy alternatives, storm protection, water conservation, and disability products. SELF provides homeowners with building science expertise, project management, and access to low cost capital to help identify and finance sustainable home improvement projects. SELF Loan Application for Homeowners
7. Check for incentives.
State and federal rebates, incentives, or tax credits for solar equipment or energy efficiency improvements may also be available. (The federal renewable energy tax credits for businesses and residences are among the most significant incentives at present.) Search the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency
(Florida and national programs are pre-selected).