Going Solar in Seminole

The Trump administration may be touting the coal and fossil fuel industries but the Seminole County Chapter of the League of Women Voters is joining a solar power movement which has already involved more than 550 Orange County residents in Solar Co-ops. Based on the same principle as buying in bulk, co-op members purchase solar systems together to save money.

The Seminole League is hosting a luncheon forum in partnership with Florida Solar United Neighborhoods (FL SUN) on Thursday Feb. 23, 11:30am to 1 pm at the Patio Grill in Sanford. It is expected to sell out, so RSVP at www.lwvseminole.org.

FL SUN is expanding access to solar by educating Floridians about the benefits of distributed solar energy, helping them organize group solar installations, and strengthening Florida’s solar policies and its community of solar supporters. (Sign up at: www.flsun.org for updates about solar in Florida.)

The group uses a competitive bidding process to select a single company that will install systems on all of the participating homes. Each participant signs his or her own contract with the installer, but everyone gets the bulk discount. By going solar as a group homeowners can save up to 20% off the cost of a solar system.

Buyers also have the support of the group instead of navigating an often-complicated process alone.