The MD SUN/Retrofit Baltimore 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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Request for installer bids released: February 19th, 2015
Installer bids due: March 11th, 2015 at 4:59 pm ET
Selection Committee Meeting: Week of March 16th
Information Session: Monday, March 23rd, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Group sign-ups close for homeowners: April 22nd, 2015
About the Co-op:
Neighbors in Baltimore have formed a solar co-op to go solar as a group and get a discount. Based on the same principal as buying in bulk, the co-op will go through the process of purchasing solar systems together. The group selected a single contractor to install systems on all of the homes, but each participant owns their own system and will sign their own contract with the chosen installer.
By going solar as a group, members will save 20 to 25% 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 Civic Works’ Retrofit Baltimore program and MD SUN. Anyone located in Baltimore City and Baltimore County is welcome to join.
Co-op in the news:
“Baltimore residents form solar energy co-op,” Baltimore Sun (April 2015)
“Retrofit Baltimore director wants to help Baltimore residents green their homes,” WMAR-TV (April 2015)
“Baltimore nonprofit helps property owners make their homes ‘green’ on a budget,” WMAR-TV (April 2015)
“Baltimore homeowners form solar power co-op,” Technical.ly Baltimore (March 2015)
“Baltimore neighbors in pilot solar co-op select Solar Energy World to install systems,” Solar Power World (March 2015)
About Retrofit Baltimore:
Retrofit Baltimore is a project of Civic Works, Baltimore’s non-profit service corp. Founded in 1993, Civic Works’ mission is to strengthen Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service.
Civic Works launched Retrofit Baltimore after realizing that while home energy efficiency upgrades make sense for many Baltimore area homeowners, a lack of trusted information was preventing most homeowners from taking advantage of this opportunity. Retrofit Baltimore seeks to fill this gap by providing homeowners with trusted science-based information about the benefits of an energy retrofit, which include improved comfort and lower energy bills.