The 40-member Montgomery County Solar Co-op today issued a request for proposals (RFP) from area solar installers. The group members created the co-op to save money and make going solar easier, while building a network of solar supporters. The City of Rockville, Maryland Department of Environmental Protection, City of Gaithersburg, Poolesville Green, Town of Poolesville, Takoma Park, One Montgomery Green, and Solar United Neighbors are the co-op sponsors. The group also announced it will host information meetings on January 23rd at 7pm, January 30th at 6:30pm, February 8th at 6:30pm, and February 13th at 7pm to educate the community about solar and the co-op process.
Joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase panels. Co-op members will select a single company to complete all of the installations. They will then have the option to purchase panels individually based on the installer’s group rate. By going solar as a group and choosing a single installer, participants can save up off the cost of going solar and have the support of fellow group members and solar experts at Solar United Neighbors.