In MD SUN‘s first attempt at creating a county-wide solar co-op, the Montgomery County Solar Co-op made history. It is the largest single co-op in the Community Power Network! Congratulations to the 90 people who joined the Co-op, MD Sun and all the partners!
The Montgomery County Solar Co-op kicked off last May with an information session hosted by the city of Takoma Park. MD SUN led five public solar information sessions over the summer to educate homeowners about solar technology, economics and the solar co-op process.
MD SUN is a project of the Community Power Network and is a non-profit effort focused on helping homeowners go solar while building a network of solar supporters throughout the state.
MD SUN organized the co-op with promotional help from the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, the Cities of Rockville, Gaithersburg and Takoma Park, Poolesville Green, and the Adat Shalom congregation in Bethesda.
In early June, the group solicited bids from area installers through an open and competitive bidding process. Co-op members selected Solar Energy World to offer discounted pricing and work with the group. Nearly 90 group members have already signed contracts to go solar!
The Co-Op’s work has resulted in 790 kilowatts of solar being installed and more than $2 million dollars invested by Montgomery County homeowners in clean energy. By the end of the sign-up period in September, 244 Montgomery County homeowners had joined the group and countless more learned about the importance of solar.
The Co-Op members gathered to celebrate the effort on Thursday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m. with an informal potluck celebration at Rockville City Hall.
MDSUN presented DEP staff with the Solar Leader Award for assisting with the Montgomery County Solar Co-op, which now includes 88 homeowners investing in solar energy!