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The Big Solar Co-op is powered by volunteers.  There are lots of different ways you can be part of it.

If you want to get some new co-operatively owned solar built locally, you don’t necessarily need to join an existing group or start one– you can just join us and start hunting for solar sites. Several of our activists work outside of any group. Still, it can be a bit easier if you hunt together – you can benefit from other people’s local knowledge and connections and enjoy working together in person. Our aim is that by joining Big Solar Co-op you get everything you need to get going. 

If you are not focused on your local area but want to see more solar built in general, we’d love to hear from you. A lot of the good sites are part of regional or nationwide chains and if you have ideas of how to contact them or good contacts we can help you approach them. 

We also need help to spread the word, to build new software tools, and to help co-ordinate our activities. To get started:

  1. Fill out this simple form to let us know that you are interested in volunteering.
  2. Watch our training webinar for the OpenSolar online software that the Big Solar Co-op uses.
  3. Join our #opensolar Slack channel for support and ideas from other volunteers and Big Solar Co-op staff. We want your feedback too!

In the longer term the Big Solar Co-op will be supporting volunteers to liaise with local leads, negotiate with building owners and in some cases take on short term paid roles to project manage installations in specific areas.