How to go solar for homeowners

images-5Maryland has a strong solar market and it is possible to go solar and save significantly on your electricity bill. The following is a basic overview of the steps for going solar. If you have questions or have run into problems in the process of going solar, please contact the listserv and we can help!

Steps to Going Solar

      1. Join the listserv. MD Sun has an active listserv of people who have gone solar. You can ask questions and get help by contacting the listserv. Click here to join.
      2. Learn about solar.
        1. Read our introduction to solar technologies to learn more about how electricity is generated from solar power.
        2. Understand solar incentives in the MD market. There are federal tax credits, the MD Residential Clean Energy Credit, incentives in some counties, Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) and other incentives for solar producers.
        3. Make sure solar is a good fit for your home. Learn about the factors which make solar a good investment for your home.
        4. Learn about the different financing options available.
      3. Connect with a solar coop in your neighborhood. Visit our list of solar coops to find a coop in your neighborhood. Many coops host meetings and organize group purchases for members, allowing you to connect with other solar enthusiasts and save money. If there isn’t a coop in your neighborhood consider starting one!
      4. Solicit three (3) bids from local installers. Check out a list of local installers and contact three to solicit bids. It’s important to get multiple bids so you can select the installer who will best meet your needs. Not sure how to review your bids? Send your questions to the listserv and someone can help you.
      5. Select an installer and have your system installed. Once you’ve selected a solar installer, contact them and let them know you’d like to move forward. They’ll have you sign a final contract and schedule an installation date. Your installer should handle all rebate applications, permits with the city, and contacting your utility to interconnect your system to the grid. Contact the listserv if you have questions or run into any problems during the installation process.
      6. Arrange to sell your system’s SRECs. SRECS are Solar Renewable Energy Credits that are produced by your solar system. You can either sell your system’s SRECs yourself or arrange for your installer to do so. More information about SRECs is available here.
      7. Have a party and invite others to celebrate! We want to hear about your new system! Share photos with the listserv and invite your friends and neighbors to go solar! Also, make sure to let your Council member know how happy you are with your solar system.