Department of Sustainability
The sign up deadline for the Cuyahoga County Solar Co-op has now passed. Nearly 200 homeowners signed up to go solar. Co-op members are now working with their chosen installers to review their personalized bids. If you live in Cuyahoga County and are still interested in going solar, click here to be notified when a new bulk purchase forms in the area.
How does the solar co-op work?
Based on the same principle as buying in bulk, co-op members purchase solar systems together to save money and share knowledge. 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 we can save up to 20% off the cost of a solar system. You’ll also have the support of the group instead of navigating an often-complicated process alone. OH SUN, Community Power Network, and Cuyahoga County are supporting the group effort. The group will complete the following process to ensure a smooth and organized experience for everyone involved:
How much will going solar with the co-op cost?
Below are estimates for the costs and incentives available for two solar installations — a small 3 kilowatt system and a large 9 kilowatt system. Your cost will almost certainly fall between these two examples, depending on how big your roof is and what you’re able to afford.
Still have questions? Email email@example.com and be sure to mention Cuyahoga County in the subject line.
Co-op in the news
- “Cuyahoga County solar co-op extends deadline,” Cleveland Plain-Dealer (January 2017)
- “A look back at Ohio renewable energy stories from 2016,” Cleveland Plain-Dealer (December 2016)
- “Want To Add Solar To Your Home For A Discount? Find Out More At Lakewood Public Library,” Lakewood Observer (November 2016)
- “Cuyahoga County Solar Co-op selected exclusive installers,” Cleveland Plain-Dealer (October 2016)
- “Home solar info meetings at Tri-C tonight, tomorrow,” Cleveland Plain-Dealer (September 2016)
- “Solar power burning through rising utility bills, attracting “muni” systems, business and home owners,” Cleveland Plain-Dealer (July 2016)
- “Cuyahoga County solar co-op meetings this week,” Cleveland Plain-Dealer (July 2016)
- “Solar co-ops offer peace of mind and a better price: Impact 2016: The path to renewable energy in Ohio,” Cleveland Plain-Dealer (July 2016)
- “Cuyahoga Solar Co-Op aims to reduce home solar prices by 20 percent,” Cleveland Plain-Dealer (July 2016)
OH SUN is a project of (CPN), a network of grass roots, local, state, and national organizations working to build and promote locally based and policies. CPN’s founder and executive director, Anya Schoolman, formed the group after she tried to install solar on her Mt. Pleasant home in 2007 and saw how challenging the process was at the time. She to help make the process easier and more affordable and has been helping others through the process nationwide ever since. CPN provides DC SUN with support and access to a national network of solar homeowners, practitioners, partners, policy experts, and policy makers.