The co-op is no longer accepting new sign-ups. More than 60 neighbors joined to go solar together. The co-op’s selected installer, GreenBrilliance, is working with co-op members to provide personalized proposals for each home based upon their selected bid. If you are still interested in going solar with a co-op, sign up for the DC SUN newsletter to be informed about future opportunities.
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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.
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For questions regarding solar energy, the co-op process, community partnerships, or solar in Georgetown/Burleith please email [email protected]!
Co-op in the news
“Georgetown solar co-op picks provider,” The Current (June 2017)
DC SUN is a project of Community Power Network (CPN), a network of grass roots, local, state, and national organizations working to build and promote locally based renewable energy projects 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 organized her neighbors 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.
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