Letters to the Editor

Solar co-ops are now available in Miami-Dade

Florida resident Thomas Edison said decades ago: “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy.”

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 at the Palmetto Bay City Hall, 9705 Hibiscus Street, Miami-Dade residents are invited to attend the information session to learn about solar co-ops and how to put Florida Sunshine to work and save money.

In Miami-Dade County, Solar United Neighbors and the League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade successfully launched six solar co-ops across the county.

Our co-ops bring communities together as homeowners pool their purchasing power to save on their installations.

There’s no cost to join or obligation to go solar through a co-op. All it takes is a sunny roof.

Participants can save money by buying as a group and have peace of mind that going solar makes dollars and sense. It’s all possible with the expert advice of nonprofit Solar United Neighbors.

The co-op solicits bids to area installers, a committee of co-op participants review the bids and select an installer to service the group.

Each participant receives personalized proposals based on guaranteed products and prices.

With an estimate in hand, a homeowner can decide if solar is a good fit — it usually is.

There are 107 participants in this co-op, an installer was selected and installations are already taking place.

Financing is easier with solar-specific bank loans, the Solar and Energy Loan Fund Program (SELF), or the Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE), which adds the cost of energy efficiency upgrades to a homeowner’s property taxes.

The “Sunshine State” is finally going to earn its name as we harness the sun and see the savings. Learn more at SolarUnited

Neighbors.org/Miami.

Jody Finver,

Miami-Dade Co-op

Coordinator,

Solar United Neighbors,

Miami

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