Media Advisory, June 1, 2020


Greer Ryan, Center for Biological Diversity, (812) 345-8571,
Bret Fanshaw, SUN, (480) 269-2589,

Tucson Solar Co-op to Help Area Residents Go Solar

June Webinar Will Launch Partnership Between Center for Biological Diversity, Solar United Neighbors

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Solar United Neighbors (SUN) are partnering to bring a solar cooperative to Tucson. The co-op opens today, and the groups will kick off the project with a June 8 webinar.

What: A webinar to learn about and join the Tucson Solar Co-op — a free group to help area homeowners and small-business owners go solar. Together co-op members will learn about solar energy and leverage their numbers to get competitive pricing and quality solar installations. After a competitive bidding process facilitated by SUN, a group of volunteers from the co-op will select a single solar company to complete each co-op member's installation.

When: Monday, June 8, at 6-7 p.m. PT and Tuesday, June 23, at 6-7 p.m. PT

How: Register here for the next webinar. Go here to learn about the co-op and sign up.

Who: Solar experts at SUN will walk attendees through solar technology, economics, incentives, and how the co-op works.

Greer Ryan, an energy policy analyst for the Center for Biological Diversity’s energy justice program, will discuss the wildlife and community benefits of solar cooperatives and other emerging solar models.

Why: The Center for Biological Diversity’s Energy Justice program is dedicated to advancing clean, renewable energy that benefits both people and the planet. SUN aims to build an energy system that is clean, equitable, and directs control and benefits back to local communities. Tucson-area residents interested in joining the new co-op will gain access to affordable, wildlife-friendly energy while also helping to support the Center’s work.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.7 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.