Prince George’s County Supports Solar Co-op Initiative

Prince George’s County supports a new solar co-op initiative in collaboration with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and grassroots advocacy group MD SUN.  Currently the program is seeking interested parties to serve as community partners.  From the MD SUN website:

The Prince George’s County Solar Co-op Initiative, a collaborative effort between the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) and MD SUN, aims to educate communities about residential solar, help communities purchase solar in bulk, and increase residential renewable energy in the County.  The Council of Governments selected MD SUN as a vendor to form and support solar PV cooperatives in the County by implementing market development activities and providing technical assistance.

The Prince George’s County Department of the Environment and Office of Central Services Sustainable Energy Program will support the collaborative effort between COG and MD SUN through establishing community co-ops, publicizing co-op meetings and events, data collection and analysis, and facilitating co-op collaboration.

Interested in being a Community Partner?

The County is looking for eager, enthusiastic and creative volunteers to organize solar cooperatives in their communities! MD SUN will provide the technical assistance to the co-op. Your job is to put together a team of folks who can help spread the word.

If you or your organization is interested in forming a solar co-op to gain access to affordable, reliable, and carbon-free energy, please sign up to be a community partner below.

Sign up to be a community partner

Sign up for interested community partners will close June 19, 2015.

The best applications will be ones that demonstrated that you have a team of people to lead the initiative and are able to get the word out about the solar co-op. No solar experience needed

Next Steps

  • 6/19/2015– Community Partner/ Ambassador Solicitations DUE by 5pm.
  • 6/26/2015– Initiate MD SUN community solar co-op process with selected communities

Want to learn more about what’s involved in leading a solar co-op?

Check out our handy three page guide on implementing a solar co-op and powerpoint presentation.

Questions?

Please contact Akosua Dosu, adosu@co.pg.md.us or Erica Bannerman, esbannerman@co.pg.md.us.

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