University of Maryland Group Purchasing Program Brings Solar Savings to Homeowners from Astrum Solar


The Office of Sustainability at the University of Maryland partners with the Community Power Network to provide a group purchasing program for solar power. Residents in the area who participate in the program can get a discount on a solar system from Astrum Solar.


Group purchasing is becoming popular as a way for homeowners to save costs on going solar while also simplifying the process.

The Office of Sustainability at the University of Maryland, College Park has started one of these programs, working with local nonprofit Community Power Network (CPN).

With help from CPN and College Park’s Committee for a Better Environment, the university organized more than 35 employees, families, and other supporters in the College Park area to go solar together. CPN, which has implemented several bulk purchase programs in the region, solicited competitive bids from a number of local installers on behalf of the group.

The group of homeowners selected Maryland-based Astrum Solar to install systems for all of the participants. This will allow homeowners to go solar at deeply discounted rates, including zero-down options.

Anya Schoolman, Executive Director of CPN, says the bulk purchase benefits everyone involved: “This is the seventh bulk purchase we’ve helped organize in the DC area in the past year and we continue to be amazed by all the interest we receive from homeowners. Going solar as part of a group makes the process much easier to navigate. Participants can rely on each other while saving money.”

Astrum’s vast experience and history of success with managing bulk purchase programs made the company a good choice for the program.

Josh Goldberg, co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Astrum Solar, said, “As a graduate of UMD-College Park and current adjunct professor, I’m very pleased to be helping so many community members at UMD go solar. Millions of Americans are realizing that solar power is not only environmentally friendly, but is a smart financial decision for their family.”