In April of 2021, Houston officials announced the launch of a city-wide solar cooperative, Sunnyside Energy Community Solar.
The new co-op is a division of Solar United Neighbors, a nonprofit supporting the needs and interests of solar owners and prospects on a national level. They’ve helped over 5,600 homes go solar in addition to gaining $116 million in solar investments through their cooperatives.
The Sunnyside Energy project focuses on bringing community members together in the discussion on renewable energy, including energy rights, concerns, and benefits of solar power. Organized by Dori Wolfe, who has been in the solar space for over two decades, the cooperative also helps members choose and purchase solar power systems to make the transition as economical and easy as possible.
“We are an organization dedicated to representing the needs and interests of solar homeowners and supporters,” explains Solar United Neighbors.
Here are some benefits of the Sunnyside Energy co-op’s offerings.
HELPFUL INFORMATION ON GOING SOLAR
If you’re a solar energy prospect, you’ll enjoy the co-op’s one-on-one help for members who are debating making the switch to solar energy as well as the opportunity to learn from the experiences of those who have already made the transition.
The co-op’s solar experts will walk you through how solar energy works, which panels and setups work for your home or business, and how clean solar energy could help you reach your personal sustainability goals.
ANSWERS TO YOUR SOLAR QUESTIONS
The co-op helps members seek answers to their solar or clean energy questions. If there’s anything you’d like to discuss, Solar United Neighbors offers a direct line of contact through phone, email, and in-person visits to meet your needs before, during, and after going solar.
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REVIEWS AND PROPOSALS
Solar United Neighbors has a team that reviews proposals from an array of solar companies. The co-op is able to make bids on your behalf, then discuss the benefits and setbacks of particular companies to make your solar transition easy.
Their assistance can be particularly helpful when considering the specific details of your home and lifestyle before choosing an installer for your project. You can also join the selection committee!
The co-op provides members with a tightly knit community of folks who are all equally passionate about the solar movement. You’ll find support, friendship, and inspiration as well as solidarity on stances in the green energy movement.
You may even end up influencing others to pursue green energy!
Supporting the solar movement gives energy freedom back to people; it’s liberating to acquire your own energy just as it is to grow your own food. And contributing to the solar energy industry’s growth helps to create jobs, brings awareness, and promotes clean energy production so people can enjoy cleaner water and air.
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SOLAR UNITED NEIGHBOR’S IMPACT
The co-op currently has 291 members, much more than their original member goal of 100. They’re currently closed to new members, but you can sign up to join their waitlist here. Memberships are focused on residents within the city limits of Houston, but are still open to applicants outside of the city.
Freedom Solar applauds all energy projects in their efforts to use equitable energy alternatives and lead greener ways of life. Consider visiting Solar United Neighbors’ website to discover cooperatives they support in different states, or to learn about their community outreach and clean energy projects.
To learn more about Houston’s new cooperative, visit Sunnyside Energy Community Solar’s website. If you’d like to get in touch with Freedom Solar to get information on our products and services, call +1 (877) 817-9271 or fill out a consultation request through our contact page.