Thursday, August 15, 2019

Solar United Neighbors of Texas

Wow – It’s hard to believe that it has been over 5 years since we did our Solarize Plano Projects! And now we would like to let you know that “group” purchase programs can happen again in Plano with Solar UnitedNeighbors of Texas.

When organizing our “solarize” group purchase projects back in 2013 and 2014, our volunteers reached out to other volunteer groups across the country to get ideas and learn from their experiences. One of those groups at the time was called Community Power Network. We spoke with their founders and learned a lot about their experiences – what worked well and potential problem areas. Since that time, that volunteer group has expanded into a national non-profit called Solar United Neighbors, spreading solar ownership opportunity through hundreds of group purchase projects across many states. We called our group purchase projects “solarize” projects, they call their group purchase projects “solar co-ops”. They are the same!

We would like to encourage residents interested in participating in a group project to purchase installed solar to reach out to this organization to request a solar co-op project here in Plano. To do this, send an email with the subject “Please start a solar co-op in Plano” and include your name and contact information in the email to info@solarunitedneighbors.org 

To learn more about Solar United Neighbors, check out this recent Freeing Energy podcast titled, Episode #117 Anya Schoolman: Can wechange the future of energy one neighborhood at a time?

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