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Residents Launch Second Round of Solar Co-op


Media contact(s):
Jeane’ Holley, (216) 698-2544; jholley@cuyahogacounty.us

Cuyahoga County, OH - Neighbors in Cuyahoga County have formed a solar co-op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. Cuyahoga County and Solar United Neighbors are the co-op sponsors. A successful first round of installations was completed in 2017. The group is seeking members for the second round of installations and will host information meetings on January 10th and 11th to educate the community about solar and the co-op process.

  • Wednesday, January 10th, from 6:30 – 8:30PM at the Community Center, Room C, 16000 East Bagle Rd, Middleburg Hts 44130
  • Thursday, January 11th, from 6:30 – 8:30PM at the Solon Community Center, 35000 Portz Pkwy, Solon 44139

Solar United Neighbors expands access to solar by educating Ohio residents about the benefits of distributed solar energy, helping them organize group solar installations, and strengthening Ohio’s solar policies and its community of solar supporters. Solar United Neighbors of Ohio has worked with nearly a dozen solar co-ops, helping roughly 140 Ohio homes go solar, saving Ohio residents more than $500,000.

Cuyahoga County residents interested in joining the co-op can sign up at the co-op website, www.SolarUnitedNeighbors.org/Cuyahoga. Joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase panels. Once the group is large enough, Solar United Neighbors will help the co-op solicit competitive bids from area solar installers.

Co-op members will select a single company to complete all of 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 members and solar experts at Solar United Neighbors.

Each co-op member gets an individualized proposal that reflects the group discount. By going solar with a group, members will save about 20% off the cost of a typical installation.

During the first round of installations the total savings was $98,445.00 and 8,824,117.62 total lbs. of carbon offset.

Cuyahoga County Solar Co-op Video