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Solar Power Co-Ops Started To Harness Power Of The Sun

Steve Newborn
WUSF Public Media
Speakers at the event kick-off at USF

Now there's a way to leverage the power of group buying to get solar power installed in homes and businesses. Two new cooperatives are being formed to spread the cost of getting solar power installed in homes in Hillsborough and north Pinellas counties.

The League of Women Voters and a consortium called Florida Solar United Neighborhoods started the solar power co-operatives. The co-op aids residents and businesses by using competitive bidding. 

During a kickoff event at USF's Tampa campus, Brenda Probasco said an existing co-op in St. Petersburg helped her install a solar power system in her Gulfport home.

"They already know all the questions that people are going to ask and they keep abreast to changing technology and what comes along there," Probasco said. "So, their help is invaluable - it gives you the confidence to know moving ahead you’re covering all the bases."

The Co-op will be taking applications for three months.

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Here's some information sessions:

Hillsborough County:

Monday, October 9, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
South Shore Regional Library, Community Rooms 1 and 2
15816 Beth Shields Way
Ruskin, FL 33573
RSVP here

Wednesday, November 8, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, Community Rooms C and D
2902 West Bearss Avenue
Tampa, FL 33618
RSVP here

Tuesday, December 5, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Seminole Heights Branch Library, Community Rooms A and B
4711 Central Avenue
Tampa, FL 33603
RSVP here

Pinellas County:

Tuesday, October 10, 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Clearwater Library
100 North Osceola Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33755
RSVP here

Thursday, November 9, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Tarpon City Government Office
324 East Pine Street
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
RSVP here

Monday, December 4, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Safety Harbor Library
101 2nd Street North
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
RSVP here

Steve Newborn is a WUSF reporter and producer at WUSF covering environmental issues and politics in the Tampa Bay area.
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