A group of community members in Manor Park and the surrounding neighborhoods 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. The group is open to any D.C. homeowner.
Co-op members selected Sustainable Energy Systems through an open and competitive bidding process over five other firms. The group is open to sign-ups through June 2.
Ready to sign up? Click here!
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 small 3 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.
Example solar costs table DC
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Still have questions? Email [email protected] and be sure to mention Manor Park in the subject line.
Ready to go solar? Sign up below!
Signing up isn’t a binding commitment to go solar with the group, however we ask that you’re fairly certain you want to pursue a solar installation for your property. We’ll use the information you provide to pre-assess the suitability of solar for your site, and to contact you about next steps for the solar co-op.
We’ll use this email to communicate all information about the co-op, so please make sure this is your preferred email
The installer will use this number to call and schedule your site visit, so please list the easiest number to reach you
1) Street Address*
2) Confirm address and drag map marker (where you want the solar panels to go)*
Please click and drag the marker onto your roof so that we can be sure we’re looking at the right house! If you’d like your solar system to be in a yard or field, drag the marker to where you would like the solar panels to be installed.
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What type of roof do you have?*
How old is your roof?*
Do you currently have any leaks or problems with your roof?
Electricity Bill Upload
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If you have it, please attach a copy of your electricity bill that shows your annual electricity use. It’s OK if you can’t find it now, but the installer will need it later.
You can attach a copy of your bill from online, or if you have a paper copy then you can attach a scan/picture of the bill.
Where did you hear about the co-op?*
Are you interested in financing your solar system?*
This includes interest in a loan/line of credit from a bank, or interest in leasing your system (not available in all states). These can be good options if you don’t have the cash to pay upfront.
Installer Selection Criteria
We will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to area installers to get bids on behalf of the group. In the RFP we will request that they provide information on price, system components, warranties, resumes, references, and information on their business. We’d like your input on additional information you would like for us to request from the installers.
When looking for a solar installer, it is important to me that they:*
Offer the best price
Use higher quality equipment
Have more experience
Offer stronger warranties
Are a local company
Other – Please describe
Anything else we should know?
Do you have any questions or concerns about going solar, or any general information you’d like us to know? If you’re definitely planning on replacing your roof or if you have a second property you want us to look at, this is a good place to tell us!
Terms and Conditions
Signing up isn’t a binding commitment to go solar with the group, however we ask that you’re fairly certain you want to pursue a solar installation for your property.
Entry of Participant information into the web signup form does not bind the Participant, legally, financially or otherwise, to purchase or install any equipment, to enter into any contracts, to accept the bid or bidders approved by the Selection Committee, or to any other commitments to CPN or its affiliates. The Participant may choose to withdraw from participation in the purchase process at any time, for any reason, without liability to CPN.
Public Disclosure: CPN will charge and collect a fee of $600 per completed contract from the solar installation company that is approved by the Bid Selection Committee and enters into a contract with Participant. This fee is not charged to you, the participant, but instead to the solar installation company if you decide to sign your contract with them. CPN Does not have a preferred relationship, marketing agreement or partnership with any solar installation companies. CPN is dedicated to an open, transparent, and competitive solar market.
About the Selection Committee
Participant authorizes CPN to coordinate the Solar Bulk Purchase process, including the issuance of a request for proposals (RFP), the evaluation of proposals submitted by bidders, and consultation with the Selection Committee to select the preferred bidder.
Any participant in the bulk purchase program is eligible to participate on the selection committee. The selection committee will evaluate all submitted bids based on the criteria indicated by member participants’ on-line survey and the core items in the RFP.
Participant acknowledges and agrees that in undertaking the Project Activities CPN is not acting as Participant’s agent and shall owe no fiduciary duties to Participant. The Participant acknowledges and agrees that the Selection Committee (and not CPN) shall be responsible for the final decision to select one or more bidders as the preferred provider for each Participant that acquires a photovoltaic solar system pursuant to the Solar Bulk Purchase RFP. CPN makes no representations or warranties regarding the results of the Solar Bulk Purchase RFP process and makes no guarantees with respect to the performance of any company that may be selected by the Selection Committee pursuant to the Solar Bulk Purchase RFP process.
If you end up installing solar, the contract you sign is between you and the company, and not between you and CPN. We can help you however we’re able, but we will not have any liabilities to you in connection with any assistance or involvement by CPN. By signing this agreement you agree to hold harmless and indemnify Community Power Network from and against any dispute, claim, injury, loss or concern related to your solar installation process or equipment.
The Parties understand and agree that: (a) Participant, and not CPN, will enter into a contract with the preferred bidder (or, if applicable, one of the preferred bidders) selected by the Selection Committee; (b) Participant will be solely responsible for all payments and all other responsibilities of the buyer or customer thereunder; (c) CPN, will have no responsibility for the operation, maintenance, repair or replacement of solar equipment located at Participant’s facility nor will CPN have any responsibility for the removal of such equipment for any reason; (d) CPN, will have no responsibility for any damage or injury to, or damage or injury caused by, the solar equipment or solar installers working at the participant’s property for any reason whatsoever; (e) the Participant, and not CPN, will be solely responsible for qualifying for, entering into, and complying with any financing documents with any lender in connection with any existing mortgage on the Participant’s residence or in connection with providing funding for the installation of solar equipment at Participant’s facility or the payment of amounts under any lease, power purchase agreement or other arrangement in connection with such solar equipment and will be responsible for all payments and all other responsibilities of the borrower thereunder; and (f) the Participant, and not CPN, will be solely responsible for entering into any renewable energy credit agreement with a counterparty (if applicable) and for performing all of its respective obligations thereunder.
Participant hereby completely releases and forever discharges CPN and each of CPN’s present, past, and future officers, directors, employees, agents, and representatives (collectively, the “Releasees”) from any and all claims, rights, demands, actions, causes of action, obligations, damages, injuries, liens, and liabilities, of any and every kind, nature, and character whatsoever, including claims for indemnity, whether based in tort, contract, statute, regulation or on any other theory of recovery, whether known or unknown, and whether for equitable relief, statutory penalties, compensatory or punitive damages, disgorgement, rescission, or restitution in connection with the solar selection process involving the Participant, CPN and the Selection Committee and in connection with any solar equipment or services provided to the Participant related to such solar selection process (and any contract related thereto discussed or entered into by the Participant).
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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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