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.

Solar Congregations Map

In celebration of the faith communities in our region that have gone solar, check out our comprehensive map of solar congregations in the region. Click on each pin for helpful information on details of the installation and contact information for solar leaders at these congregations.

We hope this tool can serve as a resource to congregations in the process of thinking about solar while lifting up and celebrating those congregations that have already done so.

Do you know of any solar congregations that aren’t on our map? Do you have corrections for the information on the map? Email Maddie to make our map even better.

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 ipldmv_solar_congregations+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@ipldmv.org.

Go Solar at Home, in Good Company

Groups of neighbors are coming together to purchase solar for their homes throughout the region.
Click here to see a list of current solar co-ops.

Other Resources

Solar United Neighbors

Solar United Neighbors helps organize neighbors into solar co-ops. By going solar as a group, participants will save up to 20% off the cost of a solar electricity system, and will have the support of the co-op throughout the process instead of having to go it alone.  Once formed, the group will select a contractor to install systems on all of the homes. Each participant will own their system and will sign their own contract with the chosen installer.

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.