The Brother Sun Solar Co-op is now closed to new participants. Thank you to all of you who raised your hands and said “yes” to solar!
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From Pope Francis’ encyclical letter, On Care for Our Common Home:
In some places, cooperatives are being developed to exploit renewable sources of energy which ensure local self-sufficiency and even the sale of surplus energy. This simple example shows that, while the existing world order proves powerless to assume its responsibilities, local individuals and groups can make a real difference.
Last fall, caring homeowners from across the Baltimore area came together to form a solar purchasing group. Co-op members used their group buying power and got a discounted price for solar panels. In early December, the group selected Advanced Solar Technologies as their installer. If you’ve ever wanted to go solar and live in Baltimore or a surrounding community, now is your chance!
Can’t make a meeting? You can also watch a video of a solar co-op meeting.
Brother Sun solar co-op timeline
Information Session #1: Wednesday, July 15th at 7:00 pm
Information Session #2: Monday, July 27th at 7:00 pm
Request for installer bids released: November, 2015
Installer bids due: December 4th, 2015
Group sign-ups close for homeowners: February 29th, 2016
How does the co-op work?
By going solar as a group, members will typically save up to 20% off the cost of a solar system. They’ll also have the support of the co-op throughout the process instead of having to go it alone. The co-op is being organized by Interfaith Power & Light, Community Power Network (CPN), and CPN’s project MD SUN. Anyone located in the Baltimore area (city or county) is welcome to join.
- Example Incentives and Financing for Co-op
- Maryland Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs)
- Solar, Homeowners Associations, and Historic Districts in Maryland
Still have questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and mention “Brother Sun” in the subject line.
Co-op in the news
- “Reader Q&A: Go Off-the-Grid with Solar in Baltimore?,” Baltimore Fishbowl (November 2015)
- “Popularity of residential solar co-ops grows in Maryland,” WMAR-TV (September 2015)
Why “Brother Sun”?
This co-op takes its name from Saint Francis’ “Canticle of the Creatures,” in which he praises “Brother Sun … Who is the day and through whom You give us light.”
Who is organizing this?
This solar co-op is being sponsored by Interfaith Power & Light, MD SUN, & Community Power Network in partnership with several of Baltimore’s Catholic parishes and is open to any Baltimore-area homeowner.