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Montgomery County homeowners interested in exploring the option of solar energy but concerned about the potential cost of going solar can sign up for the Montgomery County Solar Co-op, a group organized by the Community Power Network and MD Sun.

MD Sun has organized 19 co-ops around the state and helped more than 200 state residents to install solar panels.

Montgomery County residents can sign up through Sept. 30 to join the co-op, which doesn’t commit them to buy solar panels. However, those who sign up are asked to at least be fairly certain they want to install solar energy if it is feasible and affordable.

The co-op helps educate residents about solar panels and organize group solar installations. In addition, the co-ops are meant to strengthen Maryland’s commitment to solar energy. Co-op members receive individualized assessments of the viability of solar energy on their property and the potential installation cost.

The Montgomery County Solar Co-op recently chose Solar Energy World, headquartered in Elkridge, Md., as the provider for solar panels for co-op members. A group installation typically saves up to 20 percent off the cost of a solar system.

Homeowners can also receive a 30 percent tax credit for installing solar energy.

For more information, visit www.mdsun.org/montgomery.

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