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Solar Co-Op Launches For Pinellas County Residents Interested In Solar Energy

If you are interested in getting solar panels or bringing solar energy into your home or small business, you may benefit from the Pinellas 2022 Solar Co-op.

CLEARWATER, Fla. – If you are interested in getting solar panels or bringing solar energy into your home or small business, you may benefit from the Pinellas 2022 Solar Co-op.

The local co-op is hosted by non-profit Solar United Neighbors and is open to all interested residents of Pinellas County, including Clearwater.

The co-op is free to join. Together, co-op members will learn about solar energy, leveraging their membership numbers to obtain competitive pricing and high-quality solar panel systems.

According to Greenprint 2.0, the city’s Sustainability Action Plan, electricity is the biggest contributor to our community-wide greenhouse gas emissions, with most of that electricity being used for lighting, cooling and heating of buildings. Transitioning to solar energy can help lower the use of fossil fuels, a leading cause of climate change.

The co-op will host monthly information sessions starting this month through December, which will cover topics such as Solar 101, benefits of solar and co-op details. Sessions are free:

  • Sept. 15, 6 to 7:30 p.m., virtual
  • Sept. 29, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Countryside Library, 2642 Sabal Springs Drive,

Clearwater:

  • Oct. 19 6 to 7:30 p.m., virtual

Co-op partners include the cities of Clearwater, Dunedin, Largo, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg, the Suncoast Sierra Club, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, and the League of Women Voters of both north Pinellas County and St. Petersburg.

Solar United Neighbors has hosted more than 70 solar co-ops in Florida since 2015. According to the group’s estimates, more than 2,260 homes and businesses now have solar panels because of the co-ops. This has resulted in 22,000 kW of solar power, $52.6 million in local solar spending, and more than 670 million pounds of lifetime carbon offsets.

Learn more at SolarUnitedNeighbors.org/Pinellas. Visit MyClearwater.com/Sustainability for details on the Greenprint 2.0 sustainability plan.

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