The Montgomery County Solar Co-Op partnered with other area jurisdictions to create the nation’s first regional solar co-op, the Capital Area Solar Co-Op. This co-op aims to expand solar opportunities for residents and businesses in the County and throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Members of the Capital Area Solar Co-Op include Washington, D.C.; Arlington and Frederick Counties and Falls Church in Virginia; Montgomery County, the town of Poolesville, and cities of Bowie, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Takoma Park in Maryland.
As part of the Capital Area Solar Co-op, each area (DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland residents) chose their own solar installer.
For Maryland, Solar Energy World was chosen as the installer again this year. This is the fourth consecutive year that members of the Montgomery County Solar Co-Op have chosen Solar Energy World to serve the group. Solar Energy World was selected for its top rating as a residential solar installation company.
For DC, the selection committee chose Edge Energy and Northern Virginia went with Lumina Solar.
“Going solar is not a matter of if, but when,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “The Capital Area Solar Co-Op is a great model for the country to follow as it provides residents and businesses with the tools to learn more about the technology and the process of installing solar panels and electric vehicle charging stations.”
“This is an incredible opportunity for our residents and business owners to install solar at a group rate,” said Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection Director Adam Ortiz. “The co-op is great way for people who have been thinking about going solar but do not know how or where to start. With the co-op, people can learn about solar technology with a group who will provide support through every step of the process.”
The solar co-ops are free and by joining there is no commitment to purchase panels or charging stations. Solar Energy World will provide each co-op member with an individualized proposal based on the group rate. By going solar as a group and choosing a single installer, members save on the cost of going solar and have the support of fellow group members and solar experts at Solar United Neighbors, a solar non-profit supporting the Capital Area Solar Co-Op. Since April 1, 2021, more than eighty Montgomery County residents have joined the Capital Area Solar Co-Op.
Over the next few weeks, the Capitol Area Solar Co-Op will be offering free virtual information sessions about financing, incentives, and details about solar panels and in-home electric vehicle charging stations. To hear from the solar installers themselves, join the Capital Area Solar Co-op for an Informational Session on Wednesday, June 30th at 12:00 pm
The Co-Op is accepting sign-ups through August 31, 2021 – Join the Co-op TODAY by CLICKING HERE.