Small businesses and homeowners in Jacksonville and Neptune Beach formed a solar co-op to help pave the way for solar-power installations while saving money and building a network of solar supporters.
The co-op will work with Solar United Neighbors, solar experts that expand access to solar power by educating residents about the benefits of distributed solar energy, organizing group solar installations and strengthening Florida solar policies and its community of solar supporters. Solar United Neighbors supports solar co-ops across the country and are a part of the organization’s mission to create a new energy system with rooftop solar power.
“Our team is excited to work with beaches businesses and residents to educate them about the benefits of solar energy,” said Angela DeMonbreun, Solar United Neighbors of Florida director. “If you’ve ever thought about going solar before, this is the perfect opportunity to do so.”
Co-op participants will select a single company to complete all 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 group participants and solar experts.
One of the co-op’s new sponsors is the North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce, a regional networking organization for businesses and community organizations, including non-profits, that emphasize green and sustainable business practices.
“We’re forming this co-op to make it as simple as possible for business owners to benefit from the economic and environmental benefits of going solar,” said Christina Kelcourse, Executive Director of NFGCC. “Working with the group helps participants learn about the technology so they feel confident in their decision to go solar.”
To inform residents and participants, the North Florida chapter plans ongoing networking and educational events, job fairs and a mentoring program on going solar. It also promotes the economic success of its members that partake in environmental, socially responsible and sustainable practices.
The solar co-op is free to join and is not a commitment to purchase panels. Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach small businesses and homeowners interested in joining the co-op can sign up at solarunitedneighbors.org/beachesbusiness.
To learn more about the organization and its work or to become a member, visit www.solarunitedneighbors.org/beachesbusiness.