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Citrus County Solar Co-op Webinar

March 16, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Citrus County Solar Co-op Virtual Presentation

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Solar United Neighbors (SUN) and other non-profit partners launch the Citrus County Solar Co-op to help Citrus County residents go solar. “The co-op will enable Citrus County homeowners and business owners to join the growing community of people saving money by harnessing solar power,” said Heaven Campbell, SUN’s Florida program director. “Together, we’re building a movement to transform our electricity system into one that is cleaner, fairer, and shares its benefits more broadly.”

“Sierra Club Adventure Coast Group welcomes this opportunity to partner with Solar United Neighbors, the Citrus County League of Women Voters and all our other partners in this win-win project to bring clean energy to homeowners and small businesses in Citrus County,” noted Adventure Coast’s Conservation Chair DeeVon Quirolo.

The co-op is free to join and open to homeowners and business owners in Citrus County. Together, co-op members will learn about solar energy and leverage bulk purchasing to ensure competitive pricing and quality solar installations. Solar United Neighbors will host several free information sessions to educate community members about solar energy and the co-op.

Free virtual information meetings are planned for:
Tuesday, March 16 at 6:00pm
Wednesday, April 7 at 6:00pm
Thursday, May 13 at 12:00pm

Interested in going solar or learning more? Sign up now for the co-op or one of the upcoming information sessions at the co-op web page SolarUnitedNeighbors.org/Citrus

Partnering on the co-op are the League of Women Voters of Citrus County, Sierra Club Adventure Coast Group, Citrus County Audubon, Florida Springs Council, Nature Coast Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Nature Coast Unitarian Universalists and Friends of the Chassahowitzka.

SUN is a nonprofit organization that works in Florida and nationwide to represent the needs and interests of solar owners and supporters. Solar co-ops are part of the organization’s mission to create a new energy system with rooftop solar at the cornerstone.

After a competitive bidding process facilitated by SUN, co-op members will select a solar company to do the installations. Joining the co-op does not obligate members to purchase solar. Instead, members will have the option to individually purchase panels based on the installer’s group rate.

SUN has hosted 64 solar co-ops in Florida since 2015. According to the group’s estimates, the 1,877 homes and businesses that now have solar panels because of co-ops represent: 18 MW of solar power, $41.2 million in local solar spending, and more than 612 million lbs. of lifetime CO2e offsets.

This opportunity comes shortly after Congress passed COVID-19 relief legislation that extends the federal solar Investment Tax Credit. With the new legislation, residents will be able to deduct 26% of the cost of installing a solar energy system from their federal taxes, making this the opportune time to go solar.

CONTACT Heaven Campbell, Florida Program Director, Solar United Neighbors, heaven@solarunitedneighbors.org 904-701-4059 or DeeVon Quirolo, Sierra Club Adventure Coast Group, Conservation Chair, sierraclubadventurecoastcc@gmail.com, 352-277-3330