Members of the Chestertown Solar Co-op selected Advanced Solar Technologies through a competitive bidding process to complete installation of solar panels on co-op members’ homes. The 43-member co-op is working with MD SUN to better understand the process of going solar and to leverage their group buying power to go solar together and get a discount off the installation price. Working with the co-op makes the process easier, as members receive technical support from MD SUN throughout the process. Co-op membership is still open to the residents of Kent and Queen Anne Counties until September 7th (Labor Day). The Town of Chestertown, Washington College Center for Environment and Society and MD SUN are sponsoring the co-op.
The co-op is holding an information session August 5, at the Chestertown Town Hall at 7 p.m. to educate the public about solar and encourage more folks to join the co-op.
Co-op participants chose the installers from multiple submissions. The co-op held a selection meeting to choose among the bids. Co-op members were impressed with Advanced Solar Technology’s bid because of its ability to offer quality components at very competitive prices and extensive warranties.
Residents in Kent and Queen Anne Counties interested in joining the co-op can sign up at the co-op website until September 7th (Labor Day). Joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase panels. Co-op members will have the option to purchase panels based on the group pricing. Each member signs an individual contract with the installer yet benefits from the group pricing. By going solar as a group and choosing a single installer, each participant generally saves up to 20% off the cost of their system.