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A special pilot project 
of the Renewable Star
Challenge

For questions or more information,
contact
Solarize Coordinator,
Lisa Orr, 301.600.6864

Costanzo Install

SOLAR FOR LESS
Less Money, Less Time, Less Confusion

Window of Opportunity:
April 26 - August 30, 2013

SOLARIZE FREDERICK COUNTY IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

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Volume Discounts, Grants, Tax Credits, SREC sales, and Electricity Cost Savings Reduced 1st Year Costs by as much as 54 - 88%! 

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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. 

By the end of the Enrollment and Grace Periods (September 30, 2013): 

  • 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)

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About Solarize Frederick County
Solarize Flyer 
Solarize Brochure 
See more photos and testimonials.

Solarize 101 & 201 Workshops:
Both before and during the Enrollment Period, participants learned all about solar PV and thermal systems, benefits, financial incentives, leasing options, and how Solarize Frederick County will work at Solarize 101 workshops.

Participants met the Solarize Installers and learned all about their products and services at Solarize 201  workshops. 

Participants also received copies of the Renewable Star Handbook.
UPDATES DURING THE SOLARIZE INITIATIVE:

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On August 22, we reached Tier 2 pricing for solar hot water systems! On average, that's a 13.8% discount! (Learn more about Solarize pricing)

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NEW  INCENTIVE GRANTS AVAILABLE STARTING JULY 17! Learn more!

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On July 2, we reached  Tier 5 pricing for solar electric! That's a 23.7% discount! (Learn more about Solarize pricing)

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Enrollment Period Launched April 26.
Sign up for a
FREE solar assessment
by our Solarize installers

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Astrum Solar
& Solar Energy Services
Selected as Solarize Installers
Learn More!

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Myersville & the Villages of Urbana 
selected as Pilot Communities for Community-Led Marketing and Sales
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Read the Press Release!

  • 66  households signed a contract for a solar electric system (21.5% of assessments) Collective kilowatts: 511.6 kW
  • 12 households signed a contract for a solar hot water system (6.5% of assessments) Collective minimum equivalent kilowatts: 30.6 kW
  • 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

Steps Residents took to Learn and Participate:

1. Learn




2. Participate

  • To enroll, residents requested a Free Solar Assessment home visit and quote by filling out and online form by August 30, 2013.
  • They signed a Contract with the Solarize Installers by the end of the grace period - September 30, 2013.
  • Solarize participants were also required to register with and engage Frederick County's Green Homes Challenge: FrederickGreenChallenge.org.

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View the Solarize 101 Presentation

View the Solarize 201 Presentation
--Part 1: Overview of Solarize
--Part 2: Solar Electric with Astrum
--Part 3: Solar Hot Water with SES
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