Residents take a shine to Space Coast solar co-op



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More than 65 homeowners have signed up for the Florida Solar United Neighborhoods (FL SUN) co-op program .

photo courtesy of LWV Space Coast

More than 65 homeowners have signed up since representatives from the League of Women Voters of the Space Coast and Florida Solar United Neighborhoods (FL SUN) hosted a press conference Oct. 24 encouraging Brevard County homeowners to go solar. 

“FL SUN is a new solar co-op program that offers homeowners who register discounted ways to add solar power to homes,” said Lorraine L. Koss, LWV Space Coast member and coordinator for the project. The group is celebrating another solar victory, this one the defeat of Amendment 1 on the Nov. 8 ballot that actually penalized solar homeowners rather than benefit them, as the utility-backed measure's wording appeared. 

Solar co-ops provide bulk discounts — up to 20 percent — for a group of homeowners who are interested in purchasing solar panels. As part of a solar co-op, citizens benefit from the educational process and each participant signs his or her own contract with the installer, and everyone gets the discount. All homeowners who reside in Brevard County are eligible to participate in the co-op. 

FL SUN Space Coast partners include the Brevard Federation of Teachers, City of Satellite Beach, Rockledge Gardens, Space Coast EV Drivers, The Green Marketplace, Turtle Coast Sierra Club, Unitarian Universalist Church of Brevard and WFIT-FM 89.5.

For more information, go to FLSUN.org/SpaceCoast, call 703-201-8811 or email Lorraine.Koss@gmail.com. 

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