Residents Continue to Form Solar Co-Ops to Go Solar Together
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CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH – Now
in its third year, Cuyahoga County residents are continuing to form
solar co-ops to save money and make going solar easier. Cuyahoga County
and Cleveland State University have partnered
with non-profit Solar United Neighbors to expand outreach efforts,
organize the co-ops and help educate the community about the benefits of
solar. The group is seeking participants and will host information
meetings where residents can learn more and join
the co-op. The group will launch September 24 with a press conference
and information session.
“Residents of Cuyahoga County
should know that there are many avenues to live a more sustainable
lifestyle, and the opportunity to join a solar co-op is one of many
excellent resources available,” said Cleveland
State University Director of Sustainability, Jennifer McMillin. “The
Cleveland State University Office of Sustainability is proud to partner
with Solar United Neighbors to bring information about residential
solar power options to our community of
faculty, staff and students.”
“We are proud to have educated more
than a thousand people about the benefits of solar through these co-op
sessions and helped many of them go solar,” said Cuyahoga County Director of Sustainability, Mike Foley.
“Now, with great partners like Solar United Neighbors and
Cleveland State, we are able to help even more people save money and
navigate what otherwise can be a pretty complicated process.”
Solar United Neighbors expands access to
solar by educating residents about the benefits of distributed solar
energy, helping them organize group solar installations, and
strengthening Ohio solar policies and its community of solar
supporters. Solar United Neighbors of Ohio has worked with 20 solar
co-ops, helping roughly 300 Ohio homes go solar, saving Ohio residents
more than $5 million on electricity costs over a 25-year span. The over
100 Cuyahoga County households that have gone
solar through the co-op in past rounds saved about 20 percent on the
total cost of their installations, which amounts to over 600 kilowatts
of rooftop solar in the county alone.
“I’m excited to help my neighbors go solar,” said Solar United Neighbors of Ohio Program Director and Lakewood resident, Tristan Rader.
“The solar co-op helps members learn about solar technology and
if going solar is right for them. If you’ve ever thought about solar, or
just want to learn, this is a great opportunity to do so.”
Co-op participants will select a single
company to complete 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 at Solar United
Residents interested in joining the co-op can sign up at
. The solar co-op is free to
join and joining is not a commitment to purchase panels, and residents
from any community can attend a session that works best for them. Once
the group is large enough, Solar United Neighbors
will help the co-op solicit competitive bids from area solar
For more information on the impact of the solar co-op program,
watch this video
Below are the upcoming information sessions and events:
Press Conference and Information Session—September 24, 6-8 p.m.
Melt Bar and Grilled—6700 Rockside Road, Independence
Euclid Information Session—September 25, 6-8 p.m.
Paragon—21920 Lake Shore Boulevard, Euclid
Cleveland West Information Session—September 26, 6-8 p.m.
Michael Zone Recreation Center—6301 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland
Parma Information Session—October 2, 12-1 p.m. Cuyahoga Community College West, Galleria—11000 Pleasant Valley Rd, Parma
Westlake Information Session—October 2, 6-8 p.m.
Cuyahoga Community College Westshore, SLT 310—31001 Clemens Road, Westlake
Cleveland Information Session—October 3, 12-1 p.m.
Cuyahoga Community College Metro, MBA 209—2900 Community College Avenue, Cleveland
October 23, 11:30-12:30 p.m.
Cleveland State University, Student Center Room 313—2121 Euclid Ave, Cleveland
Highland Hills Information Session—October 3, 6-8 p.m.
Cuyahoga Community College East, EEC 113—4250 Richmond Rd, Highland Hills
Lyndhurst Information Session—October 22, 6-8 p.m.
Granite City Brewers, Legacy Village—24519 Cedar Rd, Lyndhurst
Hough Information Session—October 23, 6-8 p.m.
Lexington-Bell Community Center—7724 Lexington, Cleveland
Bay Village Information Session—October 24, 6-8 p.m.
Bay Village Library—502 Cahoon Rd, Bay Village