Westminster Project

About the project

Project name: Westminster Project (BG&E Project ID: 4705605)
2117 Old New Windsor Pike, New Windsor

System Size: 2.79 Megawatts (DC) (expected yearly kWh output is 4,141,844)

System Type: 12 acre ground-mount site

Expected date in service: December 2018

Subscriber Organization name: ICFTS MD SOLAR, LLC

MD Public Service Commission Subscriber ID #: 18A2205660004072

Solar developer: Summit Ridge Energy

How many subscribers can this project support? Up to 350

Is this project open? Yes, open to new subscribers

General description (provided by the organization):
The Westminster project is located near historic Westminister, on a farm that’s been in the family for generations. It will continue to run as a farm while now also harvesting the sun for local power.

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: BG&E

Who can participate? Anyone in the BG&E utility territory who meets the credit criteria and minimum electricty use requirement. This project is open to Low and Moderate Income residents.

Cost: Guaranteed 5% discount below BG&E for length of contract (15% discount for low to moderate income).

Is this cheaper than what I pay now? Yes

How much can I buy? 80% to 100% of your total annual electricity usage

How often will I pay? Once a month

How long is the contract? 3 years

Will my cost for this energy go up over time? No

Are there termination fees? Yes. $200 unless you move outside utility territory and give at least 60 days advance notice, or if you pass away, or if you are permanently disabled.

Are there other fees? Yes, in some cases other minor fees could apply. If you downsize your purchase you will be charged a small admin fee.

Will I own the panels? No

Will this energy be cheaper than grid energy in the future? Because the price is guaranteed to be below the utility cost of electricity for the contract term and does not escalate it should remain cheaper.

The details

Are there minimum credit scores required to qualify? Yes, 680 FICO score. No FICO requirements for Low or Moderate Income residents.

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 move within the utility territory

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

How do I cancel? Notify Neighborhood Sun at MDCustomerCare@neighborhoodsun.solar

Can I buy in small increments? No, subscriptions are matched to at least 80% of your 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? Email 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? Yes, there’s a carve-out for 30% of the project’s output to go to Low or Moderate Income residents with no FICO score requirements and increased savings available.

Are there additional community benefits? No

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