Orange County Government, Florida
Doreen Overstreet, Public Information Officer,
(407) 468-5851 or Doreen.Overstreet@ocfl.net
14 October 2016
Orange County Residents Organize Solar Bulk Purchase
ESA Renewables, LLC, to Complete Installations

Orlando, FL – Orange County and the League of Women Voters Florida have organized more than 220 residents in the area to go solar together. After a competitive bidding process, the group of homeowners selected ESA Renewables, LLC, to install systems for all of the participants. Organized with the help of the Orange County Government and the League of the Women Voters of Florida, the collaboration is enabling participating homeowners to install solar panels on their homes at discounted rates.

The participating homeowners worked with local nonprofit FL SUN to solicit competitive bids from more than a dozen local installers on the group’s behalf. The selection committee, made up of co-op members, chose an installer they felt had the best experience, capacity and pricing to serve the group.

We diligently reviewed all the options and came to a unanimous conclusion, reviewing all the variables,” said Randa Black, a homeowner and member of the Orange County co-op. “Out of 15 potential vendors, we walked through the steps and looked at the variables and ESA Renewables was the obvious choice taking into account trust, experience and price.”

Florida-based solar provider ESA Renewables’ experience and history of success was the major deciding factor in their selection. Participants in the program will have their own system installed through individual contracts with the company.

“Millions of Americans are realizing that solar power is not only environmentally friendly, but also a smart financial decision for their family,” said Daniel Ros, CEO at ESA Renewables. “We look forward to helping so many Orange County residents take charge of their energy needs as we work together to power their future. The collaboration between ESA, FL SUN, Orange County Government and the League of Women Voters of Florida presents a promising opportunity for Central Florida and we are proud to be part of the joint efforts to move towards sustainable energy.”

The bulk purchase program will be open and available to new participants through November 30. Participation is open to all Orange County residents. Visit www.flsun.org/orange-county to learn more about solar and to sign up to join the group.

“This is the fourth bulk purchase we’ve helped organize in Florida in the past year and we continue to be amazed by enthusiasm we’ve received from homeowners,” said Angela DeMonbreun, FL SUN Program Director of FL SUN. “Going solar as part of a group makes the process much easier to navigate. Participants can rely on each other while saving money.”

Residents interested in joining the co-op can sign up for more information at www.flsun.org/orange-county. Joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase panels.

Orange County Division of Building Safety as a member of the GoSolar Florida offers Fast Track solar permit processing that contractors can apply for online including submittal of their Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) approved drawings. In addition only two inspections are required to streamline the process and minimum fees are charged for this service. For additional information please email permittingservices@ocfl.net.

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About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its citizens and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world famous theme parks, the nation’s second largest convention center, and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners including the Mayor who is elected countywide. For more information please visit www.OCFL.net or go to the Orange County Facebook and Twitter pages.

About the League of Women Voters: The Florida League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization with 31 chapters around the state that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, as well as influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League has long supported issues relating to clean energy and sustainability, along with voting rights and open and transparent government.

About the Community Power Network: The Community Power Network (CPN) is a network of grassroots, local, state and national organizations working to build and promote locally based renewable energy projects and policies. The Florida Solar United Neighborhoods (FL SUN) Program Director will actively work to establish co-ops, including vetting bids and provide technical and legal support.

About ESA Renewables: ESA Renewables is a global leader in providing sustainable energy solutions. With offices in Florida, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Spain and Italy and over 500 projects completed, ESA specializes in residential, commercial and utility scale solar energy applications. ESA is committed to changing the future of energy to be more sustainable, affordable and accessible for everyone. For more information about ESA Renewables please visit www.esarenewables.com.