Join the solar co-op and get solar panels for cheap or even free

The Homepage, published by Hazelwood Initiative

By Juliet Martinez

Hazelwood Initiative has partnered with Solar United Neighbors to help residents get cheap or free solar panels and EV charging stations.

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Homeowners who want to lower their electric bills, help the environment and keep the lights on during outages can join the co-op to buy solar panels. Bulk buying, as in a co-op, is by far the least expensive way to get solar panels. Participants receive lots of guidance from the nonprofit solar experts at SUN to help them make an informed decision about going solar.

The co-op is also taking applications for free solar panels and installation for low-income families. This will mean a major reduction in electricity bills. And recipients will get a tax credit for about a quarter of the cost of the solar panels. Apply now to determine eligibility and get on the list for free solar panels!

A four-kilowatt solar system is expected to cost around $7,500 after the solar tax credit. This investment will increase your home value and the energy savings will pay for the panels in about 15 years.

Learn more about the many pros and few cons of going solar

For those who want to go solar but aren’t sure they can pay for the whole system up front, SUN offers guidance on the various financing options available to homeowners at www.solarunitedneighbors.org/financing.

To find out more, visit www.solarunitedneighbors.org/allegheny. If you are interested in the co-op, register for a Solar 101 webinar or watch a pre-recorded webinar at the website. Email pateam@solarunitedneighbors.org with questions.

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The Homepage is a print newspaper delivered monthly to households in Greater Hazelwood, Glen Hazel, Greenfield, Hays, New Homestead, Lincoln Place and The Run. Hazelwood Initiative, Inc., a community-based nonprofit, publishes The Homepage through a grant from the City of Pittsburgh and advertising revenue from local businesses and organizations. The mission of Hazelwood Initiative, as a community-based development corporation, is to build a stronger Hazelwood through inclusive community development. Sonya Tilghman, Executive Director of Hazelwood Initiative, Inc. (she/her) Juliet Martinez, Managing Editor of The Homepage (they/them) Sarah Kanar, Layout and Design of The Homepage(she/her)

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