The Georgetown and Burleith communities have a strong history of supporting solar energy. Since 2008, more than 40 homeowners and small business owners in these communities have installed solar panels on their rooftops.
Hoping to build on this strong interest in solar energy, a group of community members in Georgetown and Burleith have formed a solar co-op! Co-op members can save up to 20% off the cost of going solar and will have the support of fellow co-op members as well as DC SUN throughout the process. This group is open to all residents and businesses located in Georgetown, Burleith, and Hillandale. While focused on these neighborhoods, we also welcome participation from any interested members of neighboring communities. The co-op is being organized by local residents, Burleith Citizens Association, Georgetown Renewable Energy and Environmental Network, and DC SUN.
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Watch the recorded information session below to learn more:
How does the solar co-op work?
Based on the same principle as buying in bulk, co-op members purchase solar systems together to save money and share knowledge. The group uses a competitive bidding process to select a single company that will install systems on all of the participating homes. Each participant signs his or her own contract with the installer, but everyone gets the bulk discount.
By going solar as a group we can save up to 20% off the cost of a solar system. You’ll also have the support of the group instead of navigating an often-complicated process alone. DC SUN and Community Power Network are supporting the group effort. The group will complete the following process to ensure a smooth and organized experience for everyone involved:
How much will going solar with the co-op cost?
Below are estimates for the costs and incentives available for two solar installations — a typical 5 kilowatt system and a large 9 kilowatt system. Your cost will almost certainly fall between these two examples, depending on how big your roof is and what you’re able to afford.
For questions regarding solar energy, the co-op process, community partnerships, or solar in Georgetown/Burleith please email firstname.lastname@example.org!
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DC SUN is a project of (CPN), a network of grass roots, local, state, and national organizations working to build and promote locally based and policies. CPN’s founder and executive director, Anya Schoolman, formed the group after she tried to install solar on her Mt. Pleasant home in 2007 and saw how challenging the process was at the time. She to help make the process easier and more affordable and has been helping others through the process nationwide ever since. CPN provides DC SUN with support and access to a national network of solar homeowners, practitioners, partners, policy experts, and policy makers.