Nonprofit group Solar United Neighbors — SUN — announced the launch of two new solar co-ops to help residents go solar together: the Phoenix Solar Co-op and the Scottsdale Solar Co-op.
The first time two co-ops are launching simultaneously in Arizona symbolizes a strong growing movement for solar co-ops in the state, according to a press release.
Home and business owners can sign up for either the Phoenix or Scottsdale co-op group, depending on where they live, the release said, adding West Valley residents are eligible to join the Phoenix group and East Valley residents will be eligible to join the Scottsdale group.
Together, co-op members will learn about solar energy and leverage their numbers to purchase individual solar systems at a competitive group price.
Co-op members will select one company for each co-op to complete the installations in an open bidding process. The co-ops are free to join and members are not obligated to buy solar.
“These two co-ops will help more residents of Phoenix and Scottsdale join the growing community of people saving money by harnessing solar power,” said Bret Fanshaw, Arizona program director for Solar United Neighbors, in a prepared statement.
“Together, we’re building a movement to transform our electricity system into one that is cleaner, fairer, and shares its benefits more broadly.”
Local partners for the solar co-ops include Physicians for Social Responsibility – Arizona Chapter and Arizona Interfaith Power and Light. The Scottsdale solar co-op is made possible by funding from the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, noted the release.
“Physicians for Social Responsibility Arizona is proud to co-sponsor the SUN co-ops,” said Barbara Warren, PSR Arizona chapter director, in a prepared statement. “Solar energy is a very cost-effective and important tool to help reduce health-threatening pollution and our seriously warming climate.”
SUN will host free online information sessions to educate community members about solar energy and the co-op. If interested in going solar, sign up for one of the co-ops and one of the 6 p.m. upcoming information sessions.
Free informational webinars are planned for Tuesday, April 6 with registration for reservations at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Jx8_PBQmSiGipKUIrZzsww; and
Wednesday, April 21 with RSVP at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9W5KUtGvS2OyQaFgZnimjw.