Astrum Solar

About the Company
Astrum Solar started in Maryland and is helping to make it a clean energy leader.  At Astrum Solar our mission is to spread solar energy to rooftops across America”and we have demonstrated that by participating in Solarize volume purchasing initiatives in 11 New England communities. We’re passionate about solar energy and we love conveying that passion to prospective customers and communities. From our roots and headquarters in Annapolis Junction, Astrum Solar has grown into the leading full-service residential solar provider with 6 regional operations centers. Our turnkey installation service facilitates every aspect of the going solar experience from sales, design, and installation to financing, incentives management, and lifetime monitoring of the system. We have 18 satisfied customers in Frederick County. 
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Equipment
Hanwha solar panels and Enphase Energy Microinverters. Higher wattage all black panels are available for an upcharge. Astrum Solar uses microinverters in all installations. Microinverters are more efficient than standard inverter technology because they remove issues associated with shading. 25-year warranties last the life of the system. Central inverters have 10-15 year warranties and will need to be replaced halfway through the life of the system.

Solar Electric PV Pricing
 Type  Total kW Installed By All Solarize Participants
Price Per Watt
Percent Discount From Retail
 Retail*    $4.52  
 Tier 1
 1 - 25 kW
 $3.85  14.8%
 Tier 2
 25 - 50 kW
 $3.80  15.9%
 Tier 3
 50 - 100 kW
 $3.66  19.2%
 Tier 4
 150 - 250 kW
 $3.55 21.5%
 Tier 5
 Less Than 250 kW
 $3.45  23.7%
*Astrum's Average 2013 Retail per kW cost for a 6.2 kW system.

Additional Cost Factors
  • For systems larger than 15 kW, Astrum reduces the price by $0.10 /Watt
  • To upgrade to all-black higher monocrystalline panel (SW 255 Mono Black), add $0.15/W
  • Small systems adders due to use of microinverters, less than 5% of systems fall in these categories 
    • Less than 4 kW, add $0.50/W
    • 4-4.99 kW, add $0.25/W
  • Flat roof: Add $0.50/W
  • Ground Mount (Multi-pole): Add $0.90/W
  • Ground Mount (Top of Pole Mount): Add $1.20/W 
  • Trenching (for outbuilding installation): Add $0.20/W 
  • Electrical Service Upgrade: Add $0.20/W
Solar PV Lease Pricing
 Tier  Total kW Installed by all Solarize Participants
Lease Price Per kWh
 Tier 1
 1 - 25 kW
 $0.115
 Tier 2
 25 - 50 kW
 $0.110
 Tier 3
 50 - 100 kW
 $0.105
 Tier 4
 150 - 250 kW
 $0.100
 Tier 5
 Less Than 250 kW
 $0.095

Eligibility
A credit score of 700 is required for a solar lease. Lease pricing based on Zero Down Lease and a 2.9% yearly lease payment escalator. Pricing based on Site Quality Number of 1150 . Options are available for 0% and 1.9% yearly escalators. A better site quality will yield a lower rate and a worse site quality will yield a higher rate. Site quality is determined before any contract is signed so any modification in lease price based on site quality will be clearly communicated prior to sale.

Lease Modification Options
  • Termination: Varies
  • Relocation of System: $5,160
  • New Roof (remove/reinstall system): $3,320