Join a solar co-op

Members of a solar co-op in Washington, DC select their installer following a competitive bidding process.

Members of a solar co-op in Washington, DC select their installer following a competitive bidding process.

MD SUN is working with groups of neighbors around the state to organize neighborhood solar coops, who will achieve huge savings on solar installations through buying in bulk as a group. Co-op members can rely on the support of each other and MD Sun as they collectively navigate the competitive bidding process which results in their selection of an installer. Check out these co-ops in Maryland:

Don’t see a solar co-op in your community? Sign up for the MD SUN newsletter to learn of new co-ops as they launch near you! 

What is a bulk purchase?

The bulk purchase achieves savings for residents through economy of scale. By going solar as a group the participants can save on the total cost of installation.

As a group, all of the participants go through the process of purchasing solar energy systems together. The group uses a competitive bidding process to select a single contractor to install systems on all of the participating homes. Each participant signs their own contract with the installer.

A recorded info meeting for those who can’t attend the meeting in person!

A recorded info meeting for those who can’t attend the meeting in person!

Don’t see a solar co-op in your neighborhood? Start one!

Sign up for the MD SUN newsletter to learn of new co-ops as they launch near you!

If you’re interested in going solar and want to get a discount, we can help you organize a neighborhood solar co-op. We’ll take care of the solar-related parts of the bulk purchase (getting bids from installers, reviewing roofs, etc), if you can plan an info meeting and recruit neighbors to participate. A group needs about 20-30 people in order to get a discount from installers. Interested? Contact us at solarteam@mdsun.org to start one.