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The League of Women Voters (LWV) of Citrus County has partnered with Solar United Neighbors (SUN) of Florida to launch a solar co-op.

The nonprofit program helps educate the public about solar energy and shows how people can affordably participate in installing rooftop solar panels.

The solar co-op is free to join and is not a commitment to purchase panels. Co-op participants will select a single company to complete all of the installations. They then have the option to purchase panels individually based on the installer’s group rate. By going solar as a group and choosing a single installer, participants can save money and have a support network.

Kate Betsko, president of the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Citrus County, said she has 28 members in the co-op so far. A request for proposals has been sent to all installers that have registered on the Solar United Neighbors of Florida website.

Folks can learn more about the solar co-op by attending an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Crystal Oaks Civic Association Clubhouse, 4958 W. Crystal Oaks Drive in Lecanto.

For more information about the program, visit

Contact Chronicle reporter Michael D. Bates at 352-563-3205,

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