two young Solar United Neighbors members

In a move designed to articulate more effectively its role in uniting solar consumers for the fights around the country for solar-friendly policies, Community Power Network has relaunched as as Solar United Neighbors and is recruiting an army of homeowners to defend solar policies on local, state and national levels.

The group is working on building a solar homeowner coalition across eight states and the District of Columbia to help people install solar panels while providing institutional support in an organization that fights anti-solar legislation and policy decisions around the country.

Solar United Neighbors members either pay a fee or join a co-op for free, and both types of membership come with support as members move through the installation process as well as future support in monitoring, maintenance, performance and the latest technologies and incentives. The group currently operates in the states of Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia and has a list of nearly 30,000 committed solar homeowners already. As it expands to other states, it expects those numbers to continue to grow.

“We envision a clean, equitable energy system that directs control and benefits back to local communities, with solar on every roof and money in every pocket,” said Anya Schoolman, Solar United Neighbors’ executive director. “Changing our name to Solar United Neighbors reflects our desire to help more people go solar and build a nationwide force of solar supporters to fight for our energy rights.”

More than 2,300 homeowners have taken advantage of SUN’s programs to date.

Adapted from the original piece in PV Magazine