Note:While the Solarize Frederick County program has concluded, a solar bulk purchase program with very competitive rates, for both purchase and Power Purchase Agreements, is periodically offered through the nonprofit Groundswell, Inc.Check it out here. In 2015 they selected a Frederick County installer, Sustainable Energy Systems.
About the Solarize Frederick County Program
Solarize Frederick County aimed to increase solar electric and solar hot water system installations in Frederick County though volume purchasing (or leasing), incentive grants, and a streamlined process that simplified decision making and reduced installation time. During the window of opportunity, April 26 - August 30, 2013, the following occurred:
498 Frederick County households expressed interest in Solarize and 308 people attended Solarize workshops or installation demonstrations.
321 households signed up for a free solar electric assessment from the selected installer, Astrum Solar (64% of those initially interested).
186 households signed up for a free solar hot water assessment from the selected installer, Solar Energy Services (37% of those initially interested).
66 households signed a contract for a solar electric system (21.5% of assessments) for a collective 511.6 kWs.
12 households signed a contract for a solar hot water system (6.5% of assessments) with a collective minimum equivalent of 30.6 kWs.
Volume discounts, grants, tax credits, SREC sales, and electricity cost savings reduced 1st year costs by as much as 54 - 88%!
Collectively, these systems will produce approximately 685,696 kWh of electricity equivalents per year and reduce CO2-equivalent emissions by approximately 484 metric tons annually. This is equivalent to (source):
Annual emissions from electricity use in 67 homes
Annual emissions from 101 passenger vehicles
The consumption or 1,125 barrels of oil
Carbon sequestered by 12,405 tree seedlings growing for 10 years