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City of Bexley Joins Columbus Solar Co-Op Program

Tuesday, Jul 12, 2022 at 3:59 pm

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Today Mayor Kessler announced that the City of Bexley will be joining the City of Columbus and Solar United Neighbors of Ohio to provide group bulk purchasing for solar energy and installation. This announcement comes after months of work that Solar United Neighbors, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), and others have been developing for several years. Solar United Neighbors most recently held a co-op locally in 2021. 

Solar United Neighbors of Ohio (SUN) has launched the Columbus Area Solar Co-Op. They help bring Franklin County and surrounding area homeowners together into a group (co-op) and provide unbiased, installer-neutral support through each stage of the process of going solar. Their experienced team ensures each buyer understands how solar works, how it saves money on bills, and how it can be installed on homes. Co-ops take advantage of the group’s bulk-purchasing power to get discounted pricing and a quality installation. Co-op volunteers choose an installer on behalf of the entire group through an open and competitive bidding process. 

The City is currently exploring additional ways to streamline the process of obtaining roof-mounted solar panels. “This program is powerful, because it’s one prong among many prongs,” said Mayor Ben Kessler. “To help us confront, tackle, and solve a climate crisis that’s impacting us throughout the world, in a very local, very community-based way.” Columbus City Council member and chair of the Environmental Committee added, “Transitioning to clean, renewable energy – specifically solar – is a huge strategy for our Columbus and Central Ohio community to reach its climate goals. As we saw with the recent heatwave and power outages in June, combating climate change and having access to clean, reliable, local energy sources is critical and provides community and energy grid resilience. 

To learn more about this regional program, visit solarunitedneighbors.org. For information regarding solar in Bexley, visit bexley.org/solar.

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