Many Ways For Floridians To Go Solar
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
Below, is part of a message (in italics) from one of our readers, C, in Central Florida region:
I need solar panels.
I pay $200 every month for electric, and we will have only warmer weather as the planet gets warmer. No more of going for 6 months without AC. The humidity is the cause of the mold that made me sick this summer. I don’t know how to pay for them, but we can figure it out….
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Here are some points to consider in order to help you to take part in solar energy use:
II. To help reduce the cost of installing solar panels (perhaps by as much as 20%), you may want to consider joining a Solar Co-Op. There is a West Orange Solar Co-Op and an Orlando and Winter Park Solar Co-Op that is also open to homeowners East of I-4. In a recent Central Florida Solar Advocates meetup meeting that took place on Dec. 2, 2015, these are discussed, below:
- Attend an Information Session: Learn about going solar and how solar co-ops work.
- Join Your Local Co-op: Sign up on line! Any one can participate. The only requirement is that you want to go solar!
- Get a Roof Review: Your roof is reviewed via satellite to make sure it’s a good fit for solar energy.
- Solicit Local Bids: Once the co-op has 20-30 members, a request for proposal is created based on co-op members priorities and bids are solicited from installers.
- Review Bids as a Group: Co-op members form a selection committee to review bids and select a single installer to complete all of the projects.
- Get Individualized Proposal: Homeowner meets with the chosen installer to get an individualized proposal for a solar system for your home. This proposal will reflect the group discount.
- Sign an Individualized Contract: Homeowner signs a contract directly with the installer.
- Installation: Have your solar panels installed on your home!
- Celebrate: Celebrate with the co-op and help start other co-ops in your community!
If you have any questions, please feel free to email: [email protected]
To learn more about these co-ops or join a solar co-op, visit: www.cfsolaradvocates.org
III. If you live in an apartment or in a house that is shaded, even though you may not be able to take advantage of the solar energy via your own rooftop, you may still be able to participate in solar energy use via Community Solar Garden/Farm. Check out what’s been accumulated at Sun Is The Future about Start A Community Solar Garden/Farm
IV. If you need to get a loan or any financial assistance in order to participate in solar energy use, please consider these avenues, below:
- Obtaining a loan via Kiva, then contact Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva by email: [email protected] so Sunisthefuture Team at Kiva will help to promote for the funding of this loan.
- Obtaining a loan via Mosaic, then contact Sun Is The Future by email: sunisthefut[email protected] so Sun Is The Future will help to promote for the funding of this loan.
- Obtaining a grant via one of the crowdfunding platforms, then contact Sun Is The Future by email: [email protected] so Sun Is The Future will be able to help promote for your campaign. Different platforms have different conditions. So be sure to take care in choosing the appropriate ones for you.
- If you live in Windermere, FL area and is obtaining either a solar loan or a solar grant via any of the avenues above, be sure to contact Windermere Sun by email: [email protected] so Windermere Sun will be able to help promote for your loan or grant.
V. For those of you who truly have difficulty in affording the installation cost of solar, do not forget the recent victory at the Florida State Supreme Court, explained in this post. There is something you can do to help improve the chance of lowering your future utility bills, by obtaining more signatures to improve the chance of Floridians For Solar Choice ballot initiative to be passed in February of 2016.
May you/we all be able to enjoy the warmth and energy of Sunshine for many decades to come….
Any comments, suggestions, concerns regarding this post will be welcomed at [email protected]
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