MD SUN, which helped 30 homeowners purchase solar panels through the Frederick County Solar Co-op, changed its name to Solar United Neighbors earlier this month.

With the name change comes the launch of a new membership program that will help co-ops and individuals select solar installers.

"Our goal with our solar help desk is to really walk people through what all the terms in a proposal mean," said Ben Delman, communications director.

Traditionally, the organization has helped a small group of homeowners in a larger co-op pool to select an installer for the group. However, co-ops are available only in limited places for short periods of time, Delman said.

Now, those who are looking to go solar can pay $85 a year through the new membership program for access to the same assistance. Co-op participants will receive a membership during the co-op process, according to a news release.

The hope is that customers will renew their memberships after the installation period for unbiased help with system performance, incentives and emerging technology.

Solar United Neighbors is available in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Florida and Washington, D.C. Programs are also launching in Minnesota, Pennsylvania and New Jersey this year.

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Samantha Hogan is the state house, environment, agriculture and energy reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

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