Due to the co-op’s high level of interest in the Lorain County area, the Oberlin People’s Energy Coalition, in partnership with the group’s selected installer have extended the co-op’s sign-up deadline. The group is accepting new members through May 31.
Ready to join the co-op? Sign up here!
Watch a recorded information session to learn more.
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 and Community Power Network 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.
Co-op in the News
- “Solar power co-op in Lorain County expands throughout Medina County,” Cleveland Plain-Dealer (February 2017)
- “Oberlin couple turns to renewable energy,” The Morning Journal (June 2016)
- “Third Sun Solar to provide panels for Lorain County Solar Co-Op,” The Chronicle-Telegram (May 2016)
- “Star Power,” Cleveland Magazine (April 2016)
- “Residents help launch first Ohio solar co-op,” The Oberlin News-Tribune (February 2016)
- “Residents Form Energy Co-op,” The Oberlin Review (February 2016)
- “Co-op puts a shine on solar,” The Chronicle-Telegram (January 2016)
- “The WEOL Morning Show,” WEOL-AM (January 2016)
Still have questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to mention Lorain County in the subject line.
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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 OH SUN with support and access to a national network of solar homeowners, practitioners, partners, policy experts, and policy makers.