Sustainable Steps’ Solar Co-op Initiative aims to encourage Columbus residents and small businesses to adopt solar technologies which reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. This is one of many actions the City is taking to meet Mayor Ginther’s goal of Columbus being carbon neutral by 2050.
There are many technical considerations when purchasing and building a solar array:
- Evaluating site viability,
- correctly sizing a system,
- calculating financial impact,
- coordinating with the electric utility for interconnection,
- selecting a contractor,
- reviewing pricing, and
- obtaining a permit can be daunting for the average citizen.
The education and support offered by this co-op seeks to help residents overcome these barriers. At the end of the education and development process, co-op members who decide to move forward with a project should get the best possible market pricing on solar panel installation via the co-op’s bulk purchase. The city has teamed up with Solar United Neighbors, an experienced not-for-profit, to engage the community through informational sessions on what it means to join a solar co-op. There is no cost to join.
The goal for this co-op is to recruit 250 participants for the education sessions. Of the 250 participants, the City anticipates as many as 40 new solar arrays being installed. At 5 – 7 kW each, the 40 arrays may generate 280 kW of new solar distributed energy and reduce GHG emissions by 5,500 tons over 25 years.
To join, or to access more information, click HERE.