More than 70 residents of Manatee and Sarasota Counties have joined the co-op so far, which is run by the nonprofit Solar United Neighbors (SUN). SUN expands access to solar by educating Manatee and Sarasota Counties’ residents about the benefits of distributed solar energy, helping them organize group solar installations, and strengthening Florida’s solar policies and its community of solar supporters. The group has extended the sign-up deadline to July 1, and the co-ops will hold a final public information session on Wednesday, June 16 at 6:00 pm to educate the community about solar and the co-op process. Joining the co-op is free, and joining is not a commitment to purchase panels.
Since December 2016, SUN has facilitated 69 solar co-ops in Florida. The co-ops have helped more than 1,900 Florida families go solar and resulted in more than $43 million invested into Florida’s economy.