Frederick County Announces New Solar Co-Op

logos280The Frederick County Office of Sustainability, Environmental Resources (OSER) and Maryland Solar United Neighbors (MD-SUN), a state project of the Community Power Network, are teaming up to create the Frederick County Solar Co-Op. A solar co-op is an organized group of residents and/or small businesses that save on the cost of solar installations through their collective buying power.

By forming a group of interested buyers, co-op members can receive lower prices as a result of economies of scale and reduced labor costs for business development and marketing. Once 20-30 homeowners express interest in going solar, MD SUN helps co-op members select a single solar installer that best meets the group’s needs and interests at the best price. Members have the support of the co-op throughout the entire process.

County Executive Jan Gardner recently endorsed the program, stating “This exciting solar program will bring homeowners together with a common goal to go green and save green through greater purchasing power…. I support this sustainability program as one more way to make sure that Frederick County continues to be a great place to live and work for future generations.”

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Similar co-ops in other Maryland counties have shown that residents saved up to 20% on solar installation through the program. Frederick County has seen success in similar programs such as the Solarize Frederick Initiative, where 66 homeowners installed solar electric systems.

The program will launch with its first information session on Wednesday, October 26 at 7pm at the C. Burr Artz Library; 110 Patrick Street Frederick, Maryland 21701. To learn more and register for an information session, visit: www.mdsun.org/frederick


Frederick County Press Release: “County Executive Gardner AnnouncesNew Residential Solar Co-Operative Program” (September 1, 2016)

Frederick County Office of Sustainability on the Frederick County website

Solarize Frederick County on the Frederick County website