Nonprofit and Small Business Bulk-Purchases

What is a bulk purchase?

greenhousesolar1A group of organizations goes through the process of purchasing solar systems together. Work is done by a single installer selected by the group. Each organization has its own system installed and pays separately, but they all benefit from the bulk purchase.

Why a bulk purchase?

Save money

      • Economies of scale enable the installers to purchase panels for less
      • Larger projects attract more bids, increasing competition and driving prices down
      • We have more negotiating power because we’ve created a larger project

Make it easier to go solar

      • Have support of MD SUN and other organizations through process
      • Don’t have to navigate multiple bids and scenarios independently

Increase fundraising potential

      • Large projects attract the attention of donors and press

How does the process work?

      • Your organization hosts and info meeting and recruits other nonprofits, congregations, or community organizations to attend. MD SUN shares information about the basics of going solar, how a bulk purchase works, and how organizations can go solar.
      • Organizations interested in moving forward sign up via an online form. You also submit a Letter of Commitment, indicating that your organization is interested in going solar.
      • MD SUN reviews each roof via an initial assessment to make sure your building is a good fit for solar.
      • Once the participants have recruited enough organizations to participate, MD SUN issues a Request for Proposals from area installers on behalf of the group.
      • Participants then review the bids received by the group and selects a single installer to complete all of the projects for the group.
      • Each participating organization then signs an individual contract with the chosen installer.
      • Systems are installed and MD SUN helps participants hold ribbon-cutting or other events to celebrate the new solar projects!