Are there any community discount programs that I could participate in?
Common Cents Solar is negotiating a discount program with Solar City that will reduce system cost for people in our neighborhood. It can also represent a large group of solar system owners who will be able to negotiate as a block should services be needed in the future. For example, CCS could offer a system tune up maintenance program at group discount prices. It can also research low cost battery storage systems and software upgrade options. CCS is a volunteer run nonprofit and there is no cost for membership. If you would like to join, just contact Ketch Ryan at, or Kirk Renaud at When you contact Solar City, ask for Tim Grahl at, and tell him that you are a member of CCS. You may also be able to find solar discount programs through your church or synagogue.

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1. Does it make sense to have PV panels on my roof?
2. What’s an average size of a system, and how much electricity might it produce?
3. How difficult was the installation process?
4. Are there any maintenance issues?
5. Will solar help me maintain power during an outage?
6. Sometimes a system will produce more power than a home needs; other times, less. How does PEPCO manage this, and how will I be billed?
7. How much does a system cost, and how do I pay for it?
8. What could change over time regarding these options?
9. So if I’m interested in getting a PV system, when should I get going on it?
10. What companies do you recommend for solar installations?
11. Are there any community discount programs that I could participate in?
12. Where can I get more information about solar energy?