Renewable Energy

City Solar Projects


The City of Bowie has solar systems installed on many City buildings. Listed below are the buildings with solar panels and the size of each system:

  • Genealogy Library (3.6 kW)
  • Radio and T.V. Museum (8.82 kW)
  • Parks and Grounds (30.88 kW)
  • Senior Center (15.25 kW)
  • Streets and Utilities Buildings (12.48 kW)
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant (19.24 kW)
  • Kenhill Center (24 kW)
Additionally, the City of Bowie is a participating member of Solar Roadmap and has completed 8 of our 9 goals making us the leading participating municipality in the state of Maryland. As a member, the City works to make installing solar easier and more cost-effective for interested residents.

Residential Solar Options



Capital Area Solar Co-Op of 2021:


Nonprofit group Solar United Neighbors (SUN) launched the Capital Area Solar Co-op to help jurisdictions in our area go solar. This is the first time that SUN has run a solar co-op covering the entire DC metro area, with over a dozen municipal partners. “The co-op will enable DMV homeowners and business owners to join the growing community of people saving money by harnessing solar power,” said Aaron Sutch, Mid-Atlantic program director for Solar United Neighbors. “Together, we’re building a movement to transform our electricity system into one that is cleaner, fairer, and shares its benefits more broadly.”

 

The co-op is free to join and open to homeowners and business owners in Northern Virginia, Washington, DC and Montgomery, Prince George’s and Frederick Counties in Maryland. Together, co-op members will learn about solar energy and leverage their numbers to purchase individual solar systems at a competitive price and top quality. After a competitive bidding process facilitated by SUN, which remains vendor neutral, co-op members will select a single solar company in each state (or district) to complete the installations. Joining the co-op does not obligate members to purchase solar. Instead, members will have the option to individually purchase panels, electric vehicle chargers, and storage based on the installer’s group rate. 

Co-op Partners:

  • Arlington County
  • DC Department of Energy and Environment
  • Montgomery County Green Bank
  • One Montgomery Green
  • Frederick County Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources
  • Town of Poolesville
  • Poolesville Green
  • City of Bowie
  • City of Gaithersburg
  • City of Rockville 
  • Positive Change Purchasing Co-op LLC
  • Sustainable Takoma Park
  • City of Frederick Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection 
To find out more about the Solar Co-Op, which runs from April 1, 2021 until August 31, 2021, please visit the landing page. Once there, click on Maryland and explore. Register for the information session being hosted by the City of Bowie here.

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If you are interested in installing solar panels on your home without the solar co-op, click the links below for more information. Make sure you sign up for our Green Bowie e-newsletter for information on upcoming solar workshops or information sessions. 

Community Solar


Having solar panels physically on your home is not the only option for obtaining residential solar! By subscribing to a Maryland based community solar farm, a customer is allotted a specified percentage of the entire farm’s electricity output each month, which the customer agrees to purchase from the supplier at a price that is typically 5%-25% below the rate the utility charges. 

That percentage of the overall output is then converted into a dollar amount which is calculated at the current rate that the utility charges their residential customers. That dollar amount is then reflected on the customer’s utility bill in the form of a credit. 

Links to companies with community solar projects in Maryland are below:

Solar Panel Map


An up-to-date map of solar panel installations in the City of Bowie can be found here.

PW Solar