Mt Pleasant Solar Coop
We are an association of 300-plus households in the Mt. Pleasant community of the District of Columbia. We were founded in the fall of 2006 by neighbors Anya Schoolman and Jeff Morley and their teenage sons, Walter Lynn and Diego Arene-Morley, because of the urgent need we felt to reduce our impact on global warming.
Two ideas led us to the coop model. First, if we were going to go through all the work to figure out how to install solar technology, we decided we would have more impact by including more people in the project.
Second, we needed a way to make solar power less expensive. We hoped that through bulk purchase, and sharing expenses and expertise we could significantly bring down the cost. We also discovered that by working together we can have a profound impact on the political process, government agencies and our local utility.
The immediate goal is to make solar affordable, easy and widely available in our neighborhood. Our ultimate goal is to develop a model that can be tested in Mt Pleasant and then rolled out across any neighborhood in D.C. Washington.
Washington, DC 20010
We are a diverse and growing group of families and friends who want to help solve the global problem of climate change one neighborhood at a time — starting with our own. We have installed solar panels on nearly 100 houses-- 10% of our neighborhood. We have also supported the creation of sister coops across the region. Mt. Pleasant Solar Coop aims to make rooftop solar power convenient and affordable for everybody in our neighborhood which is located in central Washington D.C. near the National Zoo.
We are not waiting for government or business to act on global warming. We are the change. Explore our mission and let us know what you think. We are founding members of DC Solar United Neighborhoods -- DC SUN.