A local solar panel installer was the low bidder on Frederick County’s co-op proposal.

A group of homeowners in MD SUN’s solar co-op selected Sustainable Energy Systems, of Frederick, as the sole installer from among 11 bids.

Sustainable Energy Systems offered power purchase agreements, loan options and battery backup systems in its bid, said Sales Manager Ryan Nicholson. The company routinely bids on solar co-ops and recently won contracts in Arlington, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; and Worcester County, Maryland, he said.

"It was a point of pride for us to win Frederick," as half of the company's staff is from Frederick County, Nicholson said.

Sustainable Energy Systems will offer four panel models: two Italian, one U.S. and one South Korean, Nicholson said. The lowest-efficiency model will cost $2.59 per watt installed and the highest-efficiency panels will cost $3.14 per watt installed.

MD SUN is a state campaign run by Community Power Network to educate residents about solar energy and organize a group to install it cheaply. Homeowners typically save 20 percent through bulk purchases with a co-op.

The co-op has 61 members and will be open to enrollment through Feb. 28, 2017.

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

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