Maryland Group Initiates Community Solar Model

Want clean, green solar energy in your neighborhood? A group of residents of University Park, Maryland, did, so they decided to take matters into their own hands, creating what is believed to be the nation’s first community-initiated solar electric system.

According to Cleantechnica, it’s a limited liability corporation composed of 30 neighbors–who apparently determined that while their own homes were not ideal sites for solar, due to abundant tree canopy, the roof of the nearby Church of the Brethren was a perfect location. The church signed on for the community plan and all parties concerned worked with Standard Solar to sign a community Solar Power Purchase Agreement for a 23 kilowatt photovoltaic electric system.

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image via University Park Community Solar

“By pooling members’ money, we’re displacing carbon with solar, offering a more sustainable source of electricity at a predictable price and we’ll be getting a return on our investment,” said David Brosch, one of the founders of University Park Community Solar LLC, in a statement. They’re also pioneering an inspiring solution to that may provide a model for emerging eco-hoods elsewhere, as well.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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