Montgomery County Joins ‘Capital Area Solar Switch’

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Montgomery County Joins ‘Capital Area Solar Switch’


Montgomery County is again joining the “Capital Area Solar Switch,” an innovative program that leverages the power of groups to help residents and businesses throughout the Washington metropolitan area learn about and install rooftop solar panels, battery storage and electric vehicle charging stations.

This is the third year that Montgomery County has joined forces with Solar United Neighbors and other jurisdictions to create the opportunity for people living in and around the D.C. area.

In addition to competitive pricing on solar panels, members of Capital Area Solar Switch receive a direct line to ask questions about the process and access to a team that vets qualified installers to compete for the group’s business.

The program will conduct a reverse auction with qualified installers on June 21 to secure a competitively priced solar package. After the auction, personal recommendations will be prepared and sent to all registered residents by July 25. Capital Area Solar Switch’s auction is expected to save residents an average of $4,000 on a standard-sized system. The IRA Federal solar tax credit could further reduce costs by an additional 30 percent.

“This is an important partnership because it will allow more Montgomery County residents to benefit from solar power,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. ”Creating a greener County in the face of global warming takes a community effort. Capitol Area Solar Switch is an excellent model for informing and educating residents and businesses about the technology and the process of installing solar panels and electric vehicle charging stations. We’re using the using the power of group buying to decrease costs and make the switch to solar more affordable.”

Members of Capital Area Solar Switch include Washington, D.C.; Arlington and Fairfax counties in Virginia; Prince George’s County; the Town of Poolesville; and Maryland cities Bowie, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Rockville and Takoma Park.

"This partnership will bolster our efforts to bring local solar energy directly to the metro area residents,” said Aaron Sutch, Atlantic Southeast regional director for Solar United Neighbors.

“Leveraging the power of group buying through Capital Area Solar Switch can help participants get a discounted price on a rooftop solar installation while receiving additional support through each phase of the process."

Residents are encouraged to sign up for Capital Area Solar Switch by June 21 because the more registrations there are by the auction date, the more competitively the installers will bid.

Prices for rooftop solar have decreased significantly in recent years, but with the added discounts of group buying and Federal incentives, the option has become even more affordable.

Registration is free and there is no obligation for homeowners to purchase solar panels. Residents will have the option to move forward with a solar installation based on program-negotiated pricing that includes the group discount.

Throughout the program period of May 17-Aug. 30, Capital Area Solar Switch will offer free virtual and in-person information sessions on Solar 101 (solar technology, financing and incentives), as well as sessions with winning solar installers.

Learn about upcoming information sessions and register at

This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement.


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Roy Kelley, Retired, Former Associate Broker, RE/MAX Realty Group

Gaithersburg, Maryland  

Comments (15)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. Solar is a continually developing and growing more popular. I a wondering if it is time to get on board and have reservations. Enjoy your day.

Jun 01, 2023 04:58 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Sounds a little exciting yet scarry.  Great information. Thanks for sharing, enjoy your upcoming weekend. Bill

Salvatore Arizona Elite Properties.

Jun 01, 2023 05:16 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Roy,

Good for Montgomery Country for joining the “Capital Area Solar Switch,” an innovative program that leverages the power of groups to help residents and businesses. Valuable information.

Jun 01, 2023 05:46 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Reading a lot about solar power these days Roy. Getting very popular!

Jun 01, 2023 05:56 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Harnessing the power that the sun provides seems like such a wise thing to do and I hope that it becomes more common and perhaps a free resource for us to utilize.

Jun 01, 2023 06:48 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

What a wonderful idea and a show of leadership to help their residents save money and help towards fighting the climate battle.

Jun 01, 2023 08:55 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I'm seeing more and more solar panels on Sacramento homes and businesses these days.

Jun 01, 2023 05:08 PM