Solar Co-ops in Maryland help make installing a solar system on your home easy. By working with a local non-profit and community partners, the solar co-op helps residents better understand the process of going solar and leverages group buying power to get a discount off the installations.
Joining a co-op does not commit you to purchase the panels. You can attend a free information session to learn about the process, check to see if your home is suitable for solar, and then have the option to purchase panels based on the group pricing. Each member signs an individual contract with the chosen installer, but all participants get the group discount.
Community, or shared, solar makes it possible for anyone with an electric bill to access solar energy, even if they can’t install panels on their home or apartment. Shared solar means photovoltaic (PV) systems can be somewhere else in the community (in a field, on a building, over a parking lot, and elsewhere) but provide the benefits of solar electricity to participating subscribers. The Maryland Public Service Commission has a list of upcoming community solar projects in the Pepco service territory.