Go Green

Going Solar

Interfaith Power & Light (DC•MD•NoVA) is committed to serving as a meeting point for the good folks in the area who are undertaking congregational solar projects, and to ensuring that each project benefits from the experience and lessons learned of all of those that came before.

Go Solar at Home, in Good Company

Join with neighbors to go solar together and secure lower prices.

2017 Summer Solar Co-ops
Click on the links below and scroll down to submit your address and find out if your home is a promising site for solar panels.

Georgetown-Burleith Solar Co-op – For residents in Georgetown, Burleith-Hillandale, and surrounding DC neighborhoods
Baltimore Solar Co-op – For residents of Baltimore and surrounding neighborhoods
Chestertown Solar Co-op – For residents of Kent and Queen Anne’s counties
Indian Head Solar Co-op – For residents of Indian Head and Charles County
Greater Arlington Solar Co-op – For residents of Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax County
Upper Piedmont Solar Co-op – For residents of Winchester as well as Loudoun, Fauquier, Clarke, Warren, Frederick and Rappahannock Counties

Lutheran Church of the Reformation’s 17 kw solar system, Capitol Hill

Go Solar at Your Congregation

Going Solar for Congregations (Download)
This guide walks you through the step-by-step process of going solar for your congregation.

Learning from Solar Congregations Booklet (Download)
This booklet tells the stories of the first twelve area congregations to “go solar”.

Solar Congregations Listserv
IPL moderates a listserv where you can seek advice and support in pursuing congregational solar projects. To join the conversation, send a blank email to gwipl_solar_coop+subscribe@googlegroups.com.

Congregation-Friendly Solar Installers
IPL has compiled a list of firms that are willing to receive inquiries or RFP’s (requests for proposals) from congregations for fully-financed solar panel projects (either solar leases or through Power Purchase Agreements). To request a copy of the most current list, email solar@gwipl.org.

Other Resources

DC Solar United Neighborhoods (DC SUN)

DC Solar United Neighborhoodsis a coalition that is leading the charge to make Washington DC a solar city. Solar cooperatives help neighbors, businesses, and non-profits understand the steps needed to harness the power of the sun to produce electricity and lower our reliance on more environmentally-harmful forms of electricity. Now, more than ten coops have sprouted up in all wards within DC. DC SUN brings these cooperatives together under one umbrella to advocate for better solar incentives, improved customer service from Pepco, create jobs in DC, and spread the word about the benefits of going solar.

Maryland Solar United Neighborhoods (MD SUN)

Maryland Solar United Neighborhoods is an extension of the Community Power Network. MD SUN works to promote solar across Maryland, with an eye toward creating models and networks that can be replicated throughout the six-state Chesapeake Bay watershed and beyond. MD SUN aims to promote community-based solar projects in key locations across the state and use those projects to inspire, educate, and mobilize a diverse constituency for solar energy. MD SUN also works to lead, promote, educate, and mobilize citizens and elected leaders in Maryland to support policies that expand access to solar in every part of the state.

Virginia Solar United Neighborhoods (VA SUN)
Virginia Solar United Neighborhoods expands access to solar by educating Virginians about the benefits of distributed solar energy, helping them organize group solar installations, and strengthening Virginia’s solar policies and its community of solar supporters.

Retrofit Baltimore

Retrofit BaltimoreThrough Retrofit Baltimore’s solar program, based on the same principle as buying in bulk, homeowners will save around 25% off the cost of a solar system. Your Retrofit Baltimore Energy Advocate will provide you with trusted information and guide you through each step of the process. He or she will offer personalized assistance, answer questions, and ensure that you receive quality service from your contractor.

Anyone located in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County, and Anne Arundel County is welcome to join.