Originally published on the Northwest Philly Solar Co-op site, here.
Months ago, we learned of DC SUN
, a neighborhood solar co-op in Washington DC. Some of us met with Anya Schoolman, their founder, and decided to bring their model to our neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia.
See this early video to understand how DC SUN helps neighbors negotiate with utilities, contractors and the government to get solar energy installed on residential rooftops.
Looks like the solar co-op can not only assist with bulk buying, i..e a volume discount from the installer, but other ways to help with the installation costs, such as…
- the DC Rebate program, basically a subsidy from utility funds, now called Affordable Solar
- the Federal tax credit for renewable energy
- option to sell the green value of clean energy, or SRECS (solar renewable energy credits), earning the household about $900 per year
- option to lease the system, where the household pays 1/3 less than the utility rate for 25 years.
If you or your organization is in the vicinity of Northwest Philadelphia, come join us!