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Contact: Erin Hellkamp

Hillsborough County Solar Co-op One Step Closer to Bringing Solar To Community

Going solar through co-op helps area combat rising gas rates

Tampa, Fla. – The Hillsborough County 2022 Solar Co-op has selected May Electric Solar to install solar panels for the 98-member group. Co-op members selected through a competitive bidding process over eight other firms. The co-op is open to new members until July 31.

“Thank you for selecting May Electric Solar, we value your efforts in promoting solar and we value the process you have for selecting a solar company for your members,” said William May, owner of May Electric Solar. “We are eager to help more people go solar by providing quality installations at a great price, solar systems that you can be proud to show and tell to others on how solar makes sense for Florida families!”

Solar United Neighbors expands access to solar by educating Hillsborough County residents about the benefits of distributed solar energy, helping them organize group solar installations, and strengthening Florida solar policies and its community of solar supporters.

Co-op members selected May Electric because of its equipment offerings, price and warranties.

“As part of the selection committee, I was able to participate in vetting several installers based on a variety of factors that many consumers don’t normally get to access when selecting an installer on their own.” said Doug Nelson, resident of Valrico and member of the Hillsborough 2022 Solar Co-op. “Solar United Neighbors organized and presented all of the bids in a way that made it easy for co-op members to make an informed decision. I would encourage anyone interested in going solar to join the co-op and to also participate in the selection process.”

The co-op is open to new members through Sunday, July 31. Hillsborough County and City of Tampa residents and small business owners interested in joining the co-op can sign up at

The solar co-op is free to join and joining the co-op 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.

SUN has hosted 73 solar co-ops in Florida since 2015. According to the group’s estimates, the 2,167 homes and businesses that now have solar panels because of co-ops represent: 21.2 thousand kW of solar power, $49.8 million in local solar spending, and more than 722 million lbs. of lifetime carbon offsets.

The group is hosting the following informational sessions:

Thursday, June 23 at 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (English)
Virtual Zoom Webinar
Click here to register

Monday, July 18 at 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Spanish)
Virtual Zoom Webinar
Click here to register


Erin Hellkamp

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