Panorama Solar

About the project

Project Information: Panorama Solar (utility project id#: PM SYNS 01, PM SYNS 02, PM SYNS 03)
2301 Tucker Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744

System Size: 5 Megawatts (AC) (expected yearly kWh output is 9,255,955)

System Type: 25 acre ground-mount site on a landfill

Expected date in service: November, 2018

Subscriber Organization name: SynerGen Panorama, LLC

MD Public Service Commission Subscriber ID #: 18A2202920004064

Solar developer: Summit Ridge Energy

Number of Subscribers this project can support: up to 900

Is this project open? Yes, open to new subscribers

General description (provided by the organization):
THE UNIQUE FEATURE OF THIS PROJECT, located in Fort Washington, is that it will be built on a once-used landfill. As such, this land cannot be converted into property used for other services such as recreation or housing development. By building a solar project on this landfill, we’re giving new life to this old and forgotten land. The location of this site is also placed at the crossroads of Palmer Road and Tucker Road. Just a few hundred meters down from the site is Tucker Road Community Center, a popular facility for local residents young and old alike. It is part of the Prince George’s County Parks & Recreation department and boasts numerous programs and summer camps, sporting equipment and fields, outdoor recreational sites, community meeting venues, and much more. Nearby Fort Washington inherited its name after the fort constructed in 1809. It was the only defensive fort that protected against enemy advancements along the Potomac River. Today, the remains are protected as part of the Fort Washington National Park, which provides community members with scenic hikes, picnicking, and other outdoor recreation.

NOTE: If you subscribe to this project we will receive a referral fee for it to support our public education efforts. Solar United Neighbors is a neutral, non-profit and do not support any particular project or for-profit developer. All project providers in the state are welcome to work with us and to add their projects to our list.

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The basics

Utility service territory where project is located: Pepco

Who can participate? Residential Pepco Customers

Cost: 5% discount below Pepco’s standard cost of electricity

Is this cheaper than what I pay now? Yes, if you use Pepco’s standard offer service. The discount rate of 5% is tied to the current standard cost of electricity for Pepco customers. If you currently have a third party electricity supplier that provides you with a rate less than Pepco’s standard supply rate this subscription may not be 5% less.

How much can I buy? 75% of your total annual electricity usage

How often will I pay? Monthly

How long is the contract? 5 years

Will my cost for this energy go up over time? Yes but it will always remain 5% below Pepco’s standard cost of electricity

Are there termination fees? Yes, $250

Are there other fees? Yes, if you downsize your subscription the cost is $50, pro-rated

Will I own the panels? No

Will this energy be cheaper than grid energy in the future? Yes, if you use Pepco’s standard offer service. The discount rate of 5% is tied to the current standard cost of electricity for Pepco customers. If you use a third party electricity supplier that provides you with a rate less than Pepco’s standard supply rate this subscription may not be 5%.

The details

Are there minimum credit scores required to qualify? Yes, 680 FICO score

Can I claim the Federal Tax Credit? No

Can I claim local tax credits? No

Will I get any Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs)? No

Will I get any other incentives? No

How do I sign up? Visit Neighborhood Sun and fill out the form

Can I stay subscribed and keep the benefits if I move? Yes, if you stay within the Pepco service territory

Can I transfer it to someone else if I move? Yes

How do I cancel? Email: MDCustomerCare@neighborhoodsun.solar

Can I buy in small increments? No, subscriptions are matched to 75% of your total annual usage

Is financing available for me? No, subscription is pay-as-you-go by the kWh

Does the system have a long-term maintenance contract? Yes

Can I monitor the system? Yes, Subscriber Organization will provide an app

What happens if the system stops working? Subscription Organization will work to fix it and you don’t owe anything if you don’t receive a credit on your utility bill.

Is there a performance guarantee? No

How do I file a complaint if I need to? Contact MDCustomerCare@neighborhoodsun.solar. If you don’t get assistance you can contact the Maryland PSC or the Office of People’s Counsel

Community impacts

Did the community play a role in developing the project? No

Is there community ownership or control? No

Does it provide local job opportunities? Yes, both during installation and ongoing maintenance.

Are there provisions for low-income participants? No

Are there additional community benefits? No

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