Doreen Overstreet, Public Information Officer, Orange County Government
Email: Doreen.Overstreet@ocfl.net
Phone: 407-468-5851

Jane Gregory, Environmental Programs Supervisor, Orange County Government’s Environmental Protection Division
Email: Jane.Gregory@ocfl.net
Phone: 407-836-1512

Everything is Brighter in Orange County | West Orange Solar Co-op Launches

Orange County, Fla. — Orange County is building on the momentum of the state’s largest and most successful solar co-op by again partnering with Solar United Neighbors of Florida to bring a new solar co-op to residents of West Orange County. The new co-op is now open and runs through mid-June 2018.

Solar co-ops provide bulk discounts of up to 20 percent for a group of homeowners interested in purchasing solar panels. As part of a solar co-op, each participant signs an individual contract with the group-chosen installer, and all participants benefit from the discount. All homeowners who reside in West Orange County, including in city jurisdictions, are eligible to participate in their respective co-op.

Earlier this year, more than 150 residents of East Orange County formed a co-op and selected Goldin Solar to serve the group. Members of that co-op are now in the process of signing contracts with the installer.

Orange County launched its first solar co-op in the summer of 2016 with 515 participants. Of those households, 79 installed solar through the co-op, accounting for 702.83 kW of new solar capacity in the County. In addition, $1.3 million was invested in solar with this co-op with a total energy savings over a lifetime of solar array of $3.5 million. Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and her family were among the 79 households who joined this first solar co-op.

Solar power also supports Jacobs’ goals in her Sustainability Initiative, “Our Home for Life,” which seeks to reduce barriers to alternative energy and increase renewable energy production by 10 percent in 2020 and 25 percent by 2040.

Joining a co-op does not obligate members to purchase panels. The exact price of a Photovoltaic (PV) system is dependent on homeowners’ preference in system size and their home’s energy consumption. Homeowners have the option to install the size PV system that fits their budget.

As part of this initiative, Orange County streamlines the permitting process for solar installations. New solar permits can be processed in a single day.

To learn more and register for an information session, visit www.solarunitedneighbors.org or email FLteam@solarunitedneighbors.org. Upcoming information sessions are as follows:

  • Thursday, April 19, 2018, 6 p.m.
    First Green Bank
    862 S. Orlando Avenue
    Winter Park, FL 32789
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  • Thursday, May 3, 2018, 6 p.m.
    Hiawassee Branch Library
    7391 W. Colonial Drive
    Orlando, FL 32818
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  • Monday, June 4, 2018, 6 p.m.
    John Bridges Community Center
    445 W. 13th Street
    Apopka, FL 32703

Additional meetings will be announced on SolarUnitedNeighbors.org.

About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its citizens and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world-famous theme parks, the nation’s second-largest convention center, and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners including the Mayor who is elected countywide. For more information, please visit www.OCFL.net or go to the Orange County Facebook and Twitter pages.

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