CPN helps neighbors organize solar bulk purchase
WASHINGTON, DC – May 12th, 2014: The University of Maryland, College Park’s Office of Sustainability and Community Power Network have organized more than 35 employees, families, and other supporters in the College Park, MD area to go solar together. After a competitive bidding process the group of homeowners has selected Maryland-based Astrum Solar to install systems for all of the participants. Organized with the help of College Park’s Committee for a Better Environment, the collaboration is enabling participating homeowners to install solar panels on their homes at deeply discounted rates, including zero-down options.
The group of homeowners worked with local nonprofit Community Power Network (CPN) to facilitate the process. CPN, which has implemented several bulk purchase programs in the region, solicited competitive bids from a number of local installers on behalf of the group.
Astrum’s vast experience and history of success with managing bulk purchase programs was the major deciding factor in their selection. Each participant in the program will have their own system installed through individual contracts with the company.
Astrum Solar, the leading full-service residential solar provider headquartered in the Eastern U.S., provides a premier customer experience. The company offers cutting edge technology, multiple financing options and superior client service at every stage of your transition to solar electricity.
The College Park bulk purchase program will be open and available to new participants through June 30th, 2014. College Park residents, along with any interested staff or friends of The University who reside in the DC Metro Area are eligible to participate. Visit UMD Co-op to learn more about solar and to sign up to join the group.
Josh Goldberg, co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Astrum Solar, says:
As a graduate of UMD-College Park and current adjunct professor, I’m very pleased to be helping so many community members at UMD go solar. Millions of Americans are realizing that solar power is not only environmentally friendly, but is a smart financial decision for their family.”
Anya Schoolman, Executive Director of Community Power Network, says the bulk purchase benefits everyone involved:
This is the seventh bulk purchase we’ve helped organize in the DC area in the past year and we continue to be amazed by all the interest we receive from homeowners. Going solar as part of a group makes the process much easier to navigate. Participants can rely on each other while saving money.”
Are you interested in organizing a bulk purchase in your community? To sign up, start your own neighborhood bulk purchase or to join one of the others already underway, contact CPN Program Manager Grant Klein at Grant@communitypowernetwork.com.
About Community Power Network
The Community Power Network (CPN) is a network of grass roots, local, state, and national organizations working to build, and promote locally based renewable energy projects & policies. Our mission is, in part, to help people start their own community-based renewable energy projects by providing resources, technical assistance, case studies, and connections to other practitioners. Check out our website at www.solarunitedneighbors.org/.
About Astrum Solar
Astrum Solar is a leading national full-service residential solar provider, serving homeowners and small businesses in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC, and West Virginia. Astrum Solar’s mission is to spread solar power to the rooftops of America and to ensure that its customers get the most out of their solar panels: the most energy generated, the most electricity savings, the most beneficial environmental impact, and the most joy each time they see a sunny day. Astrum Solar was on the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies List in 2012 and 2013. (www.astrumsolar.com)
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