City of Sarasota partnering with Solar United Neighbors for launch of Sarasota 2020 Solar Co-op to help residents interested in renewable energy initiatives

Informational webinars planned in October and November

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The City of Sarasota is partnering with the nonprofit Solar United Neighbors for the launch of the Sarasota 2020 Solar Co-op to help residents who are interested in solar energy, City Manager Tom Barwin noted in his Sept. 11 newsletter.

The initiative, he wrote, is “[i]n keeping with our City’s ongoing commitment to clean, renewable energy.”

“The co-op allows interested homeowners and business owners to leverage bulk purchasing and save money while taking advantage of solar power,” Barwin explained. “Solar United Neighbors helps facilitate a competitive bidding process to ensure fair pricing and quality solar installations,” Barwin continued.

The co-op is open to all Sarasota County residents and it is free to join, he added. No one is obligated to purchase solar panels, Barwin wrote, “but members will have the option to individually purchase panels and electric vehicle chargers,” based on the installer’s group rate.

Solar United Neighbors will host several free informational webinars, as follows:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 6 — 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 19 — 6 p.m.

To sign up for one of the information sessions or for the co-op, visit

“We hope you’ll consider exploring this opportunity to go solar,” Barwin added in the newsletter. “Sarasota has already committed to 100 percent renewable energy city-wide by 2045 and for city buildings and operations by 2030 as part of our Ready for 100 initiative,” he pointed out. “Together, we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become a cleaner, greener and more sustainable community and do our part to slow sea level rise,” Barwin wrote.