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Posted on April 14, 2017 at 3:18 PM by Lisa Orr
In April, the implementation of the 2016 Power Saver Retrofits program wraps up. In total, 149 moderate- and low-income households received Home Performance with Energy Star Audits, and 145 of them obtained energy saving home improvements valued at up to $8,000 -- all at no cost! These improvements included air sealing and insulation, energy efficient lighting, heating and cooling system servicing and upgrades to Energy Star® models, as well as Energy Star® upgrades of appliances and water heaters. Estimates of the annual utility bill savings for these households range from $300 to $2,489 with the average being $700.
Posted on April 14, 2017 at 1:40 PM by Lisa Orr
Due to increased interest, the Frederick County Solar Co-op is extending its sign-up deadline. The co-op is now open to new residential and small business members until May 31, 2017. By forming a group of interested buyers and selecting a single solar install that best meets the interest of the group, co-op members can receive lower prices as a result of economies of scale and reduced labor costs for business development and marketing. The co-op has grown to 129 participants, and it is expected to grow throughout the next few months due to co-op promotion at several spring events, including the Green Neighbor Festival on May 20 and 21.
Co-op members Boe Walker and Mary Lou Reidy recently signed their contract to have their solar array installed on their home. When asked why they decided to join the co-op, they stated:
“Solar panels make sense in both an environmental and fiscal sense. Lowering our carbon footprint is important for the environment. Financially, the solar panels generate an approximately 9% to 10% return on investment. A third benefit is the increase of jobs in the green energy segment of the economy that benefits all of us. The solar co-op allows us to install the panels with a great savings and from a company that has been vetted by the co-op panel. The co-op seemed the best way to go about getting solar panels installed.”
Frederick County residents, small businesses, or organizations such as churches can learn more about the co-op, watch a video of a Solar Co-op Information Session, and join the co-op by visiting mdsun.org/frederick. A webinar describing the co-op process will be also available for viewing on March 21, 2017 at 7 p.m. Visit the co-op website for more details and to register. Questions about the program can be directed to CCC Member Bonnie Griesemer, at BGriesemer@FrederickCountyMD.gov.
Posted on April 11, 2017 at 10:52 AM by Lisa Orr