by Bob Moore, Co-chair Sanibel-Captiva Renewable Energy Working Group
(A coalition of local organizations working to improve energy efficiency, reduce energy costs, transition to clean energy sources, and improve energy resilience, sustainability and reliability.)
The Southwest Florida 2023 Solar Co-op recently selected Florida Solar Design Group to install solar panels for the 100-member group. Co-op members selected Florida Solar Design Group through a competitive bidding process over seven other firms. This co-op, open to businesses and residents in Lee and Collier Counties, is scheduled to close to new members on April 30.
Partnering on the co-op are the City of Sanibel, Sanibel-Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce, Bailey’s General Store, Sanibel-Captiva Renewable Energy Working Group, All Faiths Unitarian Congregation, Committee of the Islands (COTI), Engage Estero (formerly ECCL), Growing Climate Solutions, The Climate Reality Project – Lee County Chapter, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, League of Women Voters Collier County, “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society – Friends of the Refuge, Sierra Club Calusa Group, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples, and Conservancy of Southwest Florida.
“Florida Solar Design Group is delighted to have been selected for our second Southwest Florida SUN Co-op. Our local and engaged owners are grateful for another opportunity to help a substantial number of people with practical solar energy solutions. There has never been a better time for homeowners and small businesses to embrace their own power potential with solar energy,” said Jason Szumlanski, Principal Solar Designer for the Florida Solar Design Group
The solar co-op is free to join and joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase panels. Florida Solar Design Group will provide each co-op member with an individualized proposal based on the group rate. By going solar as a group and choosing a single installer, members can save on the cost of going solar and have the support of fellow group members and solar experts at Solar United Neighbors.
• Join the co-op before it’s too late! Individuals interested in going solar can sign up for the co-op at solarunitedneighbors.org/swfl.
• Watch a free, on-demand Florida Solar 101 webinar here to learn more about solar and the co-op process.
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