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2020 Broward Solar Co-op Opens August 4th! 

A new solar co-op opens in Broward on August 4th.

The co-op is free to join and open to homeowners and business owners in Broward County. Together, co-op members will learn about solar energy and leverage their numbers to ensure each member receives competitive pricing and a quality solar installation. “We are thrilled that Broward County residents will again have the opportunity to leverage their buying power in the expansion of rooftop solar installations here in our community,” said Jennifer Jurado, chief resilience officer and director of Broward County. “Last year, SUN aided 55 Broward households in a similar co-op, providing a savings of $268,300 on installations with a total capacity of 536 kW. Additional benefits of the co-op include support throughout entire process, providing confidence as residents gain the benefit of power from solar energy.” 

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. SUN will host several free information sessions to educate community members about solar energy and the co-op. 

 Learn more, register for a webinar, and join the solar co-op at SolarUnitedNeighbors.org/Broward


2019 Broward Solar Co-op a Success!

Broward County sponsored a Solar Co-op in 2019 to save residents money and make going solar easier, with the help of nonprofit Solar United Neighbors. The Solar Co-op was open from March 20 to August 1, 2019 to all residents and small businesses in Broward County, Florida.

The 2019 Solar Co-op was well supported by the community, with a record breaking 226 sign-ups. In total, 55 projects were completed through the co-op, for a total energy capacity of 536.6 kW. These projects result in lifetime carbon reductions of 20,452,509 million lbs. Co-op participants saved a total of $268,300 dollars on their systems, all while stimulating $1,073,200 in local investment.

Broward County staff promoted the event across the community during the 7-month sign-up period on the local NPR station, at government buildings, library newsletters, and at information kiosks at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Community events and education programs were held to help Broward residents and businesses become informed solar consumers, maximize the value of their solar investment and advocate for fair solar policies.  The co-op reached thousands through media ads and shared promotion by partners. Four hundred residents were directly educated on solar energy.

Community partners included 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, SELF, The Urban League of Broward, and the Cities of Pompano Beach, Sunrise, Miramar, and Hollywood.

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. 

 


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

2. Be efficient. How energy efficient is your home or building? Installing solar on a drafty or poorly-insulated house would be a bad investment. You may want to start by getting an energy audit to learn how energy efficient your home is and your options for improvement. Schedule a free Home Energy Survey from FPL or find a Residential Energy Services Network Member

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).





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