Second solar co-op organized in the community

Three information sessions planned for interested homeowners

Image courtesy Solar United Neighbors

Sarasota County’s second solar co-op has been organized by the nonprofit Solar United Neighbors of Florida, the group has announced.

As Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin noted in his May 25 newsletter, “The idea is for homeowners to come together as a group and use their purchasing power to buy solar panels at a more affordable price.”

“There is no initial cost or obligation associated with signing up for or participating in the co-op,” a news release emphasizes.

After a contractor has been selected, each homeowner will receive an individual proposal customized to his or needs, the release explains. The homeowner then will make the decision to sign or decline the contract, the release adds.

Potential participants will have until the end of August to sign up for the initiative, the release says. More details are available at

Three information sessions have been scheduled for interested persons:

  • Tuesday June 5, at 6 p.m. at Selby Library, located at 1331 First St. in Sarasota.
  • Wednesday July 11, 6 Jacaranda Library, located at 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd. in Venice.
  • Tuesday Aug. 7, at 6 Gulf Gate Library, located at 7112 Curtiss Ave. in Sarasota.

The local sponsors of the co-op are LWV Sarasota, Sierra Club of Sarasota Manatee, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, Florida House Institute, the City of Sarasota, Mote Marine Laboratory, Peace Education and Action Center, Sarasota Council of Neighborhood Associations, Ready for 100%, and the Suncoast Climate Justice Coalition, the release adds.