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Solar panels are gaining in popularity across the nation.

Solar United Neighbors has chosen May Electric to install panels for Citrus County homeowners.

The selection for the solar co-op was done through a competitive bidding process. The nonprofit Solar United Neighbors (SUN) expands access to solar by educating Citrus County residents about the benefits of distributed solar energy, helping them organize group solar installations, and strengthening Florida’s solar policies and its community of solar supporters. 

Co-op members selected May Electric for equipment offerings, competitive pricing, and warranties, as rated by the co-op members’ entrance surveys.

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“It is an honor to be selected because we know how thoroughly they reviewed each bid,” said William May, owner of Pasco County-based May Electric Solar. 

The solar co-ops are free to join and joining  is not a commitment to purchase panels. May Electric will provide each co-op member with an individualized proposal based on the group rate.

By going solar as a group and choosing a single installer, members can save on the cost of going solar and have the support of fellow group members and solar experts at Solar United Neighbors, according to the co-op.

Since December 2016, SUN has facilitated 67 solar co-ops in Florida. The co-ops have helped more than 1,900 Florida families go solar and invested more than $59 million into Florida’s economy.

The co-op sign up deadline has been extended until July 1 for Citrus County. Residents interested in joining can sign up at http://SolarUnitedNeighbors.org/Citrus 

“The co-op will enable Citrus County homeowners and business owners to join the growing community of people saving money by harnessing solar power,” said Heaven Campbell, Florida program director for Solar United Neighbors, said recently. 

There will be a live, online public information session at noon on May 13 to educate the community about solar and the co-op process. Participants will be able to ask questions.

Contact Chronicle reporter Michael D. Bates at 352-563-3205 or mbates@chronicleonline.com. To see more of his stories, visit  tinyurl.com/y6kb23vv.