Takoma Park / Silver Spring Co-op selects Edge Energy

WASHINGTON, DC – Friday, February 20th, 2015: The City of Takoma Park’s Sustainability Office and Maryland Sun (a project of Community Power Network) have organized more than 50 Takoma Park and Silver Spring neighbors to go solar together. After a competitive bidding process the group of homeowners has selected Maryland-based EDGE Energy to install systems for all of the participants. Organized with the help of the City of Takoma Park’s Sustainability Office, the collaboration is enabling participating homeowners to install solar panels on their homes at deeply discounted rates.

See the full Takoma Park Silver Spring Selection Press Release for more.

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Community Members in Baltimore Solicit Bids from Area Installers

We are excited to issue a Request for Proposal on behalf of a group of 30+ homeowners in Baltimore City and Baltimore County! For this Baltimore Solar Coop Pilot, we are partnering with the non-profit Civic Works, which has recruited the homeowners in this group, qualified them, and is establishing a Solar Installation Technician Training Program. One of Civic Works’ goals for this pilot is to understand more clearly how best to structure such a training program. We’ve included in the RFP some of our lessons learned with past bulk purchase groups, as well as an outline of the process and expectations for the company chosen by the Selection Committee.

Because this is a pilot, Maryland Sun and Civic Works will be holding a contractor information session to answer your questions about the RFP and goals of the pilot. The session will be held on Tuesday, March 3rd at 4:00pm at Civic Works’ Baltimore Center for Green Careers (6260 Frankford Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21206).

If you have any questions please contact Corey Ramsden (corey@mdsun.org).

Deadline for submission is Wednesday, March 11th by 4:59pm.

Download the RFP!

Learn more about the Baltimore Solar Co-op.

Takoma Park / Silver Spring Info Session Tonight

Tonight (Wednesday, February 18th), Maryland Sun and the Takoma Park / Silver Spring solar co-op will hold an information session at the Silver Spring Civic Building (1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910) at 7pm. Come out and learn about solar technology, solar economics for homeowners, and the solar co-op process. Your neighbors in Takoma Park and Silver Spring are going solar together and you can too!

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Community members in Bowie soliciting bids from area solar installers

We are excited to issue a Request for Proposal on behalf of a group of 50 homeowners in the Bowie community! Please find below the combined cover letter and RFP.

We’ve included some of our lessons learned with past bulk purchase groups, as well as an outline of the process and expectations for the company chosen by the Selection Committee.

If you have any questions please contact Corey Ramsden (corey@mdsun.org).

Deadline for submission is Friday, February 27th by 4:59pm.

Download the RFP!

Learn more about the Bowie Solar Co-op.

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Solar co-op member in DC published in Slate about his solar journey

Thomas Burnett, a member of the recent Ward 3 co-op in DC had an interesting article published in slate recently about his experiences going solar and how he ended up working with his neighborhood solar co-op to get it done.

Note: We love the enthusiasm (what solar homeowner after a snowfall hasn’t considered it?) but we would not recommend going up on your roof to clean snow from your panels. This is very dangerous. The panels will shed their snow and keep producing energy for you soon enough on their own!

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Community members in Takoma Park and Silver Spring soliciting bids from area solar installers

We are excited to issue a Request for Proposal on behalf of a group of over 40 homeowners in the Takoma Park and Silver Spring communities! Please find below the combined cover letter and RFP.

We’ve included some of our lessons learned with past bulk purchase groups, as well as an outline of the process and expectations for the company chosen by the Selection Committee.

If you have any questions please contact Corey Ramsden (corey@mdsun.org).

Deadline for submission is Friday, February 6th by 4:59pm.

Download the RFP here!

Learn more about the solar coop here.

Berkeley Labs: Solar increases the value of your home

Interested in a little light reading? Check out the recently released Berkeley Labs study that includes not only California homes but homes in the Northeast, including Maryland. From the report: “Home buyers consistently have been willing to pay more for a property with PV across a variety of states, housing and PV markets, and home types;”

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Solar modules and snowy weather

Did you know that after the snow sheds from solar modules the reflective effect of the rest of the snow in the area can actually increase energy production?

The time it takes snow to shed from modules depends among other things on the angle of the modules and the racking used but they’ll shed their snow covering before the rest of your roof does and get back to generating energy.

Stay warm!

Image taken from: www.solarbuildermag.com