Caroline County solar co-op opens to help residents go solar together, get a discount
Friday, June 24, 2016
~~Greensboro, MD - Neighbors in Caroline County are forming a solar co-op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. The Town of Greensboro and the Town of Denton, along with MD SUN are the co-op sponsors. MD SUN is a non-profit effort working in Maryland to help homeowners use their collective buying power to go solar together for a discount and gain the support of a group. The co-op is seeking members and will host an information meeting on Thursday, July 14th at 7 p.m. at the Greensboro Baptist Church Family Life Center (405 West Sunset Avenue) to educate the community about solar and the co-op process.
“We’re supporting this co-op to make saving money with solar energy as simple as possible,” said Greensboro Town Council Member Rene Swafford. “Working with the group helps members learn about the technology so they feel confident in their decision to go solar.”
MD SUN expands access to solar by educating Maryland residents about the benefits of distributed solar energy, helping them organize group solar installations, and strengthening the state’s solar policies and its community of solar supporters. MD SUN has worked with communities to develop co-ops across the state. It has helped hundreds of Marylanders go solar including residents in Chestertown, Easton and Salisbury.
Caroline County residents interested in joining the co-op can sign up at www.mdsun.org/caroline. Joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase panels. Once the group is large enough, MD SUN will help the co-op solicit competitive bids from area solar installers.
“Group purchasing models like this one are a great model for county residents to take advantage of to put solar on their home” said Don Mulrine, Town Administrator of Denton.
Co-op members will select a single company to complete all of the installations. They will then have the option to purchase panels individually based on the installer’s group rate. By going solar as a group and choosing a single installer, each participant generally saves up to 20% off the cost of their system.