Miami-Dade residents are forming the final two of six county-wide solar co-ops to pool their purchasing power and save money on their individual installation, while building a powerful network of solar supporters.
With the guidance of Solar United Neighbors, co-op participants in Western Miami-Dade and The Beaches will learn about solar energy and solicit competitive bids from local installers to serve the group. Working together as a community, co-op members are empowered to save on the cost of installing solar, obtaining high-quality products warranties through this bulk purchase process.
More than 430 homeowners have joined Miami-Dade co-ops to date. The League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade is a partner in this effort. Other partners include The League of Women Voters, Florida, The Green Corridor Property Assessment Clean Energy (PACE) District, Earth Ethics Institute, Miami Dade College, Tropical Audubon Society, Rise Up Florida, CLEO Institute, Dream in Green, Miami Climate Alliance, Miami-Dade County, Miami Springs, Town of Surfside, North Miami Beach and Solar United Neighbors.
To show their commitment to solar and the co-ops, Miami Springs has waived solar permitting fees. The City of Doral is also voting to waive their permitting fees.
Miami-Dade residents interested in joining a solar co-op in their area can sign up at http://www.solarunitedneighbors.org/miami. The co-op is free to join and joining is not a commitment to purchase panels.
The co-ops will host several free solar information meetings as each co-op launches to educate the community about solar and the co-op process. The co-op kick off information sessions are:
January 17, 7 p.m.
Rebecca Sosa Theatre – Miami Springs Community Center
1401 Westward Drive Miami Springs, FL 33166
January 23, 7 p.m.
Surfside Community Center
9301 Collins Avenue
Surfside, FL 33154