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Most of us, at one point or another, have thought about it: wouldn't it be great to get solar installed? Cooperative solar communities are an exciting trend helping neighborhoods across the country go solar.

When it comes to going solar, there's a lot to consider. For some people, the upfront costs are daunting. For others, the process of selecting an installer and choosing equipment is overwhelming. Another group -- people living in condos, apartments, or townhomes -- would love to go solar, but getting a system requires more than an individual passion for going green.

But in 2018, Enphase is setting out to help everyone cut out the excuses and find a way to make solar happen. One of the most exciting new trends we’re seeing is cooperative solar communities. People across the country are forming small official co-ops or casual neighborly agreements to ease upfront costs and legwork, making going solar a community-minded effort.

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Take the neighborhood’s temperature.

Whether you live in a cul-de-sac or a condo, there’s a good chance your neighbors are also interested in going solar. Sometimes, it just takes a little nudge from the people around us to really get moving.

Start out by casually knocking on doors, talking to neighbors, and getting a sense of who in your neighborhood may be interested in solar. No need to push or prod - just asking questions can be plenty to get the ball rolling.

An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth: Part 1
  1. Allow events to change you. You have to  be willing to grow. Growth is different from something that happens to you. You produce it. You live it. The prerequisites for growth: the openness to experience events and the willingness to be changed by them.
  2. Forget about good. Good is a known quantity. Good is what we all agree on. Growth is not necessarily good. Growth is an exploration of unlit recesses that may or may not yield to our research. As long as you stick to good you’ll never have real growth.
  3. Process is more important than outcome. When the outcome drives the process we will only ever go to where we’ve already been. If process drives outcome we may not know where we’re going, but we will know we want to be there.
An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth: Part 2
  • Study. A studio is a place of study. Use the necessity of production as an excuse to study. Everyone will benefit.
  • Drift. Allow yourself to wander aimlessly. Explore adjacencies. Lack judgment. Postpone criticism.
  • Begin anywhere. John Cage tells us that not knowing where to begin is a common form of paralysis. His advice: begin anywhere.
  • Everyone is a leader. Growth happens. Whenever it does, allow it to emerge. Learn to follow when it makes sense. Let anyone lead.
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Take the neighborhood’s temperature.

Whether you live in a cul-de-sac or a condo, there’s a good chance your neighbors are also interested in going solar. Sometimes, it just takes a little nudge from the people around us to really get moving.

Start out by casually knocking on doors, talking to neighbors, and getting a sense of who in your neighborhood may be interested in solar. No need to push or prod - just asking questions can be plenty to get the ball rolling.

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Take the neighborhood’s temperature.

Whether you live in a cul-de-sac or a condo, there’s a good chance your neighbors are also interested in going solar. Sometimes, it just takes a little nudge from the people around us to really get moving.

Start out by casually knocking on doors, talking to neighbors, and getting a sense of who in your neighborhood may be interested in solar. No need to push or prod - just asking questions can be plenty to get the ball rolling.

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2. Present your case.

A solar co-op comes in many forms. For some communities, it can mean getting your utility company to invest in solar so you see big savings. This is a hefty undertaking and requires a lot of grassroots activism and lobbying to get a local utility to do the legwork. But for the right communities - especially those with a high level of interest in solar and a solid infrastructure to make it work - forming a municipal co-op could be a great path forward.

For most communities, a smaller, close-knit effort is more likely to happen. Simply put: go get your neighbors on board to install solar at the same time - and in the process, you may be able to work out a great bulk deal with an installer, so everyone can enjoy big savings on your upfront costs.

If you’re interested in starting a cooperative solar effort with your neighbors, now’s the perfect time. With solar more affordable than ever and so many options for financing, it’s never been more possible to install solar. Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind:

Everyone will benefit
  • Improve the environment.
  • Save money on energy costs.
  • Unite the neighborhood around a good cause.
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