World Wildlife Fund Organizes Solar Bulk Purchase to Help Employees and the Community Go Solar, Save 30% on Cost of Systems

By Emily Steiver on February 20, 2014

WASHINGTON DC: World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has organized more than 70 employees, their families, and other supporters in the D.C. area to go solar together, helping participants save more than 30% off the cost of a rooftop solar project. Organized as part of WWF’s  “Renewable: It’s Doable” campaign, the bulk purchase program is one of a number of initiatives WWF has launched to encourage renewable energy adoption across the country. Says WWF’s Keya Chatterjee, director of renewable energy and footprint outreach:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for WWF to walk the walk. We’re showing our supporters how easy installing solar can be by jumping in ourselves and helping our employees and members of our community go through the process. Plus it’s providing a great benefit to our community and the environment by helping to reduce carbon emissions.”

WWF worked with local nonprofit Community Power Network (CPN) and DC SUN to facilitate the process. CPN, which has implemented a number of bulk purchase programs in the region, solicited competitive bids from local installers on behalf of the group.

After reviewing a number of competitive bids from local installers, a committee of interested participants selected Md.-based Edge Energy to complete all of the installations for the group. Each participant will own their individual system through a customized contract with the company.

EDGE Energy is a locally-owned and highly-regarded residential, commercial, and government contractor which is licensed, insured, and bonded throughout DC, MD, and VA. The company designs and installs energy-efficiency and renewable energy systems in the region.

“We are delighted to be able to support WWF’s mission and help its employees and community achieve energy savings by going solar,” says EDGE Energy President Jason Dispenza. “We appreciate the confidence that this selection reflects.”

Anya Schoolman, Executive Director of Community Power Network and DC SUN, says the bulk purchase benefits everyone involved:

“This is our fifth bulk purchase in DC 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 throughout the process 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 at

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


EDGE Energy’s construction office is located in Beltsville, MD and they are a licensed, insured, and bonded general contractor in DC, VA, and MD. Their projects range from green building to air-sealing and insulation to renewable energy system design and installations for solar, wind, and geo-thermal. They employ their own construction workers specially trained into various types of building science and systems. Their Project Managers are also certified Energy Auditors and Raters, who assist homeowners with decision making using software tools and a deep well of construction knowledge. The Company is known for incorporating green building standards when implementing custom solutions for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.  Their special focus is completing projects that decrease utility bills and energy consumption by 25% to well over 100% – even creating homes that are “net-positive.” For more information, visit their website at or call 888-586-3343.