Want to lead Maryland's transition to solar energy?
Enjoy all of the benefits of simple solar ownership.
Crabcakes, football and … solar? You bet. With the help of great local incentives, Maryland's solar industry has taken off in recent years. One of the main reasons for the widespread adoption of solar in Maryland: some of the most attractive savings in the U.S.
The economics of solar in Maryland are so beneficial due to the presence of Renewable Energy Credits (commonly known as “RECs”), which allow local utilities to meet their mandated renewable energy requirements. The average solar system in Maryland typically creates 8-10 RECs each year, with RECs currently valued around $150 each! These credits go to the owner of the system, so owning your system directly – with a Dividend Solar EmpowerLoan, for example – is incredibly favorable in Maryland.
Our customers in Maryland have installed home solar panels for a variety of reasons: to help the local environment, to save money from Day 1, to gain independence from the utility companies, to show off their sweet new panels to their neighbors. All of them have taken advantage of one of Maryland's great natural resources: the sun.
With higher-than-average utility prices and some of the most generous incentives in the country, Maryland is a perfect place for solar energy to shine.
Some of Our Maryland Solar Installations
8.84kW Parkton, MD
20.46kW White Hall, MD
13.80kW Annapolis, MD
Home Solar in Maryland Is More Affordable than Ever Before
Renewable Energy Credits
(worth thousands of dollars!)
Clean Energy Grant
Sell Your Extra Production
with Net Metering
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What Our Maryland Solar Customers Are Saying
We utilized Dividend Solar to finance a new solar system for our house. Every aspect of the installation and financing was absolutely excellent, "5 Stars". No money down, great savings, it's an economic no brainer.
Mark Parkton, MD
Dividend Solar was the perfect choice. They took care of everything. It was perfectly seamless. From engaging the installer, to preparing all the paperwork, providing us with the financing, ensuring the system was inspected timely, and everything in between. It couldn't have been easier and we could not have made a better choice.
Karim Sparks, MD
Everything was very straightforward with Dividend Solar in terms of the paperwork process, which was quite helpful. They have friendly customer service reps, and I’m very satisfied with my decision to go solar. I’d definitely recommend them.
Parker Owings Mills, MD
Enrolling with Dividend Solar has been very smooth and easy and I have been very satisfied with my decision to go solar thus far. Overall, I've had an outstanding experience with them and they are a great company to work with.
Jeffrey Annapolis, MD
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Maryland is one of the top states to go solar and maximize your savings. Aside from saving money on your electric bill, there are three other key incentives that help solar ownership in Maryland make sense: 1) the 30% federal tax credit, 2) the Residential Clean Energy Grant Program, and 3) Renewable Energy Credits.
First, the federal government offers a 30% tax credit which is available in all 50 states. This credit is applied to the federal taxes you pay each year, thereby lowering the net cost of your solar system, and has been extended to last until at least 2020. This credit is a great benefit of going solar: money that you would otherwise pay in taxes can now be used to own your solar system sooner. It is important to note that you can only reap the benefits of the federal tax credit* – which can cover up to 30% of your system's cost – if you own your system directly (instead of leasing it or choosing a Power Purchase Agreement). With the Dividend Solar EmpowerLoan, you own your system and you get all of the economic benefits of going solar in Maryland.
Secondly, the Maryland Energy Administration offers a $1,000 Residential Clean Energy Grant for homeowners who purchase their solar system
Finally, Maryland offers Renewable Energy Credits which can generate thousands of dollars of cash savings in addition to your utility bill savings. For more information on RECs, please see the next question!
*Dividend Solar does not provide tax or legal advice. Please consult your tax advisor for more information.
In Maryland, the typical solar energy system will produce between 8-10 megawatt hours of electricity each year, and every 1 megawatt hour of production also generates 1 Renewable Energy Credit ("RECs"). RECs can be sold to utility companies which allows them to meet their required quota of renewable energy production. It is very simple to sell RECs, and we offer an easy way to lock in REC payments for 5 or 10 years with a contract through one of our partners.
From a homeowner's perspective, Renewable Energy Credits are an additional source of savings that can add thousands of dollars of cash savings each year – on top of your utility bill savings! These RECs are a key driver of the economic benefits of going solar in Maryland, and help homeowners save money immediately.
The combination of Renewable Energy Credits, the 30% Federal Tax Credit, the $1,000 Residential Clean Energy and the ability to offset the high cost of electricity from your utility company make going solar in Maryland a home run. O say, is that a good deal!
When you begin to generate your own solar power, your utility bill can drop significantly. How much you can save will depend on the size of your solar system, your electricity usage, your current utility rates, and other factors. Our team and partners can design a system for you using remote assessment tools, and can present you with a system designed specifically for your home to give you a sense of your expected solar savings.
Working with the best solar installers in Maryland, Dividend Solar offers its customers a better, simpler way to go solar and save money on utility bills.
It's easy to switch to solar! We will get your solar system up and running as quickly as possible so that you can start saving money and using clean energy. Inside your home, you won't experience any changes – there's no need to change appliances or make any other alterations. Outside your home, your Dividend Solar Installer will obtain all building permits and design your system to meet your local building codes. Your Installer will arrange the electrical, building and utility inspections and be on-site to make sure that everything is up to code.
Our mission at Dividend Solar is to make it as easy as possible for you to go solar today.
At a high level, energy from the sun is collected by the solar panels on your roof and converted into electricity. This electricity from the panels, which are made up of of photovoltaic cells, is in "direct current" (DC) form, which needs to be converted into "alternating current" (AC) electricity that you currently use in your home. This AC/DC conversion is made by a component called an inverter, which is included with your system. The inverter then channels the usable electricity into your existing power meter, and it can then be used to power your home. When your system generates energy in excess of your home's needs, that extra power is sent back into the grid (a process called "net metering") which in turn lowers the cost of your utility bill. Clean energy + savings!
Since the amount of power your solar system generates is a direct result of sunlight, it will produce slightly less energy when the weather is cloudy, and will not produce any energy at night. Your home will continue to be connected to your local utility grid, so that you can automatically begin to draw power from the grid whenever you need it. You won't experience any power interruptions; the switch between solar system power and the utility grid happens seamlessly, with nothing to do on your end.
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has an Energy 101: Solar video you can watch to learn more about the conversion from sunlight to electricity.
We hope so, and it's easy to find out. Simply enter your information here, and we will give you a call to get your solar journey started. Our customer-focused Installers can quickly evaluate your home's suitability for solar by examining satellite photos of your property, with no cost to understand if solar is right for you.
The cost of a solar power system will vary depending on its size, location, your roof layout and other factors, but rooftop solar systems typically cost between $15,000 and $50,000, with the average being about $30,000 for a 6.5kW (6,500 watts) system. To get a better understanding of how large of a system you'll need, sign up today for a free estimate of your solar savings.
Solar energy systems are durable and built to withstand the wear & tear of outdoor conditions. Your system will operate best when it is clean and in direct sunlight, so periodic rinsing is recommended. Seasonal inspections and trimming nearby trees will ensure your system is delivering optimal energy production. In case you encounter any issues with your system's performance, Dividend Solar's Installation Partners include operations & maintenance services, a 15-year warranty on all repairs and defects, and a system performance guarantee with every EmpowerLoan as part of our service to you.
Solar energy systems are also extremely reliable. Solar has proven to be a dependable source of energy for large office buildings, large retailers and governmental agencies, supplying large quantities of energy. Some of the largest organizations in the world have buildings powered by solar energy, including eBay, Walmart, and the US Air Force. Dividend Solar has incredibly high quality standards and partners with Installers who only use the best equipment – we build your power system to last, and stand by our quality with the system performance guarantee.
Performance monitoring is one of the coolest parts of owning your solar energy system. Each Dividend Solar system includes a special meter that measures your system's solar power production in real time. When you visit the EmpowerPortal, you can see exactly how much electricity you have generated and you can track the production over time.
In addition, the system performance data is also sent to our database, allowing us to proactively detect problems that may be reducing your system's performance. We consistently monitor the actual performance of your system to ensure that it is producing at least 85% of the power guaranteed by your Installer. If your system's performance falls consistently below that level, we'll send an Installer to fix the problem at no additional cost to you.
Now is an ideal time to switch to solar. Solar power can dramatically reduce your utility bill and will protect you from rising utility rates for years to come. In addition, federal, state and local governments are offering generous rebates and incentives to go solar. The federal government offers a 30% tax credit on federal income taxes which has been extended for five years.
Our Installers provide in-depth assistance on all required tax submission forms, which includes identifying all of the potential rebates, acquiring the relevant forms, and preparing the materials for you to sign and submit. We strive to make going solar a hassle-free experience at every stage of the process, including your tax submission.*
*Dividend Solar does not provide tax or legal advice. Please consult your tax advisor for more information.
Who says you can't have the best of both worlds? The Dividend Solar EmpowerLoan offers the combination of hassle-free system coverage plus the financial rewards of ownership.
- Low, fixed interest rate
- Savings on your utility bill
- System performance guarantee
- Real-time monitoring
- Free maintenance
- Prepay at any time with no fees
- Maximized financial returns
- You receive the federal, state and local tax incentives instead of a third-party company
With our $0-down EmpowerLoan, Homeowners realize the maximum economic benefits of solar ownership, as well as a full service offering, including performance and maintenance guarantees. We have included the most attractive benefits of a solar lease, while shifting more of the economics back to you, the Homeowner, through ownership. With no out of pocket cost to buy a solar panel kit, the EmpowerLoan makes going solar easier than ever before.
For more details, you can see the many benefits of the EmpowerLoan here.
At Dividend Solar, we've changed the experience of getting a loan. Instead of a time-consuming, paperwork-heavy process with inflexible rules, our loan application process has been described as "simple," "hassle-free" and "the way it should be." If you're a qualified Homeowner, getting a loan has never been easier.
To start your solar journey, simply sign up here or give us a call. We'll have one of our all-stars bring you up to speed on our offerings, understand your energy needs and get a system designed for you - all at no cost to you.