Easton-area residents forming a solar energy co-op to go solar together and get a discount

By Brandon Walton on September 21, 2015

Neighbors in Easton have formed a co-op with the help of the Pickering Creek Audubon Center and the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. The group is seeking members. It will host an information session on September 24 at 6 p.m. at the Easton Branch of the Talbot County Free Library (details below) to educate the public about solar energy and how the co-op simplifies the process of going solar, while providing a discount through members’ bulk purchasing power.

The Easton co-op is the area’s first solar co-op and the third such group developed on the Eastern Shore. MD SUN has also worked with residents in Chestertown and Salisbury.

Easton residents interested in joining the co-op can sign up at www.mdsun.org/easton. Joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase panels. Once the group is large enough, MD SUN will help the co-op solicit competitive bids from area solar installers, and select a single company to complete all of the installations. Individual co-op members will have the option to choose a system size and price based upon the installer’s offer. By going solar as a group and choosing a single installer, each participant generally saves up to 20% off the cost of their system.

Public Information Session
September 24th, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Easton Branch of Talbot County Free Library
100 West Dover Street Easton, Maryland 21601