MDC Educates Community on Solar Power Going solar can be intimidating for homeowners trying to do it on their own. That’s why Miami Dade College’s Earth Ethics Institute (EEI) recently began a nonprofit co-sponsorship with Florida Solar United Neighbors (FL SUN) in order to educate the Miami community on the benefits of solar energy. FL SUN is an initiative that aims to make converting to solar power more accessible by providing homeowners with information on distributed solar energy and guiding them through the installation process. They also organize discounted group solar installations that are 10 to 20 percent below local market prices. EEI is spreading the word about solar energy by hosting information sessions on MDC campuses. EEI Director Colleen Ahern-Hettich reached out to FL SUN Solar Co-op Miami-Dade Coordinator Jody Finver to facilitate the first co-ops in North and South Central Miami. “We organize and manage the co-ops, providing tools for homeowners to help them maximize their solar investment,” Finver said. FL SUN works with organizations such as Ygrene Energy Fund to connect homeowners with financing. FL SUN also notes that homeowners may be eligible for a federal tax credit that would allow them to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing a solar energy system. Ahern-Hettich, a resident of Miami Shores, now serves as a citizen advocate. She said the 24 solar panels installed on the roof of her home will produce all the energy she needs for the entire year. “I’ve been able to take action because these co-ops make it affordable. I love that it allows me to have a positive impact on the environment, which keep us alive,” said Ahern-Hettich.
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