Solarize Frederick County,a special pilot project of the Renewable Star Challenge,
aimed to increase solar electric and solar hot water system
installations in Frederick County though volume purchasing, incentive
grants, and a streamlined process that simplified decision making and
reduced installation time.
Potential Cost Savings
Job grouping, a limited enrollment period, community led sales, and local incentive grants could result in costsavings
of up to 33% for Frederick County residents. Coupling that with federal
tax credits, electricity cost savings, and the sale of Solar Renewable
Energy Certificates, and 1st year cost could be reduced by as much as
It is estimated that the initiative will result in the
installation of more than 60 solar electric systems and at least 15
solar hot water systems.
During the enrollment period, which ran from April 26 - August 30,
2013, any Frederick County household will be able to participate in the
volume purchase initiative and take advantage of local incentive grants.
2 pilot communities, the Town of Myersville and the Villages of Urbana,
were selected to take the lead with the Solarize Frederick County
initiative through community-led marketing and sales, and installer
evaluation and selection. A discounted no-money-down leasing option was
also available for solar electric systems.
Solarize Frederick County and the Green Homes Challengeis funded by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as part of the Climate Showcase Communities Program. The goals of the project include:
Educating the public about renewable energy options
Making solar installations more commonplace and affordable for homeowners
Supporting the renewable energy business sector and workforce
Reducing energy use from non-renewable sources
Installing at least 30 solar electric and 30 solar hot water systems