Throughout the region, a growing number of residents are coming together to form solar co-ops (also called Solarize campaigns). Based on the same principle as buying in bulk, solar co-ops allow groups of neighbors to go solar together and get a discount - often around 20% - which makes solar more accessible and affordable. Co-op members also get support from solar experts and solar homeowners as they go through the process.
In 2015, COG hired Community Power Network (CPN), a local non-profit solar co-op administrator, to scale up their solar co-op and solar education work across the region. Six communities participating in the in the Solar Ready Metro DC project hosted solar co-ops. In total, the programs engaged 2,500 residents, and resulted in 237 new contracts for solar - amounting to 1.75 MW of new solar capacity in the region.
See the infographics below for summary data and more information on each solar co-op.