There are both pros and cons for a household to choose to use solar energy on their home, but resident’s in Frederick County are taking steps to be apart of that initiative.
For the last nine months, residents in Frederick County have been making the switch to solar energy.
“We didn’t that this was the time to do it,” said one participant in the Frederick County Solar Co-operative purchase program.
In September 2016, the county signed an agreement with Maryland Solar United Neighborhoods, MD Sun, to launch a solar co-operative purchase program that some residents would said they were unsure.
“My husband and I had investigated going into solar years ago, but it was very cost prohibited,” said Katherine Weld, who participated in Frederick County Solar Co-operative Purchase Program.
But with educational workshops and support, over 30 households in the county decided to mount the sustainable energy systems.
“Most of it is the lack of information from a neutral source in our case. It is helpful. But, just how it works, I think is one of the big barriers for people,” said Program Director, MD Sun, Corey Ramsden. “It is not hard, but it can be a little complicated just to go through the details of how it works for a home.”
These households will install 272 kilowatts of solar power which will generate over 340,000 kilowatt hour of electricity per year, officials said.
“I was one of the first ones to sign up for a system. I was one of the first to get one installed. I knew I wanted one, so why wait?” said another participant, Tom Anderson.
These solar panels that are not only on homes but barns too and will prevent 127 tons of coal from being burned, eliminating 239 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
Weld said that because of the program, she is able to use the sustainable energy system on top of her barn.
“Because we had a track record with our Solarize Program, they were people waiting for the next solar bulk purchase to come out,” said Lisa Orr, Sustainability Program Coordinator, Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources.