The 41-member 51st State Solar Co-op issued a request for proposals (RFP) today 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. As a DOEE-funded Solar for All project, this co-op also focuses on expanding access to solar to low-income households. Low- and moderate-income households qualified for the Solar for All grant funding from DOEE will have the cost of their solar arrays covered by the grant (via Solar United Neighbors) and a portion of the homeowner’s SREC income.
The group also announced it will host an information meeting on Tuesday, February 27th at 6:30 p.m. to educate the community about solar and the co-op process. Details are below:
51st State Solar Co-op Information Session
Thurgood Marshall Academy
2427 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20020
Joining the co-op is not a commitment to purchase panels. Co-op members will select a single company to complete all 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.