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.