Go Green

Going Solar: Project SO(u)L

Interfaith Power & Light (MD•DC•NoVA) is committed to serving as a meeting point for the good folks in the area who are undertaking congregational solar projects, and to ensuring that each project benefits from the experience and lessons learned of all of those that came before.

Lutheran Church of the Reformation's 17 kw solar system, Capitol Hill

Interfaith Power & Light Resources

(Download Resources to Help Your Congregation Go Solar handout)

Learning from Solar Congregations Booklet (Download)
This booklet tells the stories of the first twelve area congregations to “go solar”.

Solar Congregations Listserv
IPL moderates a listserv where you can seek advice and support in pursuing congregational solar projects. To join the conversation, send a blank email to gwipl_solar_coop+subscribe@googlegroups.com.

Solar Readiness Assessment
In partnership with JWestSolutions, IPL is offering a solar readiness assessment program for congregations which includes the following assessments:
- structural engineering, to determine solar feasibility and major structural issues
- roofing, to determine roof quality and necessity of roof repairs
- solar installation, to determine ideal solar system for your location
- historic preservation, to determine potential regulatory issues
- energy efficiency and sustainability, to determine other high-return sustainability measures
Contact solar@gwipl.org to explore a Solar Readiness Assessment for your congregation.

Solar Shepherding
Solar shepherding picks up right where the Solar Readiness Assessment leaves off and carries you through to the finished solar system on your congregational roof! In partnership with JWestSolutions, IPL’s Solar Shepherding can help you with many tasks including the following:
- organizing support among the congregation for the project
- preparing and circulating Requests for Proposals (RFPs) to solar developers
- advocating in your interest as a representative of the congregation to the installer
- managing the project schedule and keeping both the contractors and the congregation goal-oriented
Contact solar@gwipl.org to explore Solar Shepherding for your congregation.

Congregation-Friendly Solar Installers
IPL has compiled a list of firms that are willing to receive inquiries or RFP’s (requests for proposals) from congregations for fully-financed solar panel projects (either solar leases or through Power Purchase Agreements). To request a copy of the most current list, email solar@gwipl.org.

Other Resources

DC Solar United Neighborhoods (DC SUN)

Interfaith Power & Light (MD•DC•NoVA) has joined together with DC Solar United Neighborhoods, a coalition that is leading the charge to make Washington DC a solar city. Solar cooperatives help neighbors, businesses, and non-profits understand the steps needed to harness the power of the sun to produce electricity and lower our reliance on more environmentally-harmful forms of electricity. Now, more than ten coops have sprouted up in all wards within DC. DC SUN brings these cooperatives together under one umbrella to advocate for better solar incentives, improved customer service from Pepco, create jobs in DC, and spread the word about the benefits of going solar.

Maryland Solar United Neighborhoods (MD SUN)

Interfaith Power & Light (MD•DC•NoVA) has joined together with Maryland Solar United Neighborhoods, an extension of the Community Power Network. MD SUN works to promote solar across Maryland, with an eye toward creating models and networks that can be replicated throughout the six-state Chesapeake Bay watershed and beyond. MD SUN aims to promote community-based solar projects in key locations across the state and use those projects to inspire, educate, and mobilize a diverse constituency for solar energy. MD SUN also works to lead, promote, educate, and mobilize citizens and elected leaders in Maryland to support policies that expand access to solar in every part of the state.