Better Than Free Solar Press Release

7 DC Public Charter Schools Sign Contracts to Go Solar

“Better than Free” Deal Helps Schools Make Money by Going Solar Together

Washington, DC:  Seven DC Public Charter Schools have signed contracts to go solar through a group purchase negotiated by the Community Purchasing Alliance (CPA), a member-owned purchasing cooperative based in DC. The innovative deal allows schools to install solar panels on their rooftops at no cost, receive the electricity generated by those panels for free, and earn additional revenue by taking advantage of the city’s recently expanded solar incentive program….(Continued)

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Who is CPA?

Community Purchasing Alliance is a social-purpose cooperative and is entirely owned and controlled by member community institutions.  CPA works on behalf of its members to identify and negotiate services and purchases to maximize value and savings to its members.  CPA currently offers group procurement, strategic sourcing, and advisory services in electricity, gas, solar, janitorial, security, waste hauling, copier leasing, payroll services, and supplies purchasing.

CPA in the News:

The New York Times, July 2011

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Faith and Leadership, January 2016


Cooperative News, August 2014


Shareable, December 2014


Institute for Local Self-Reliance, December 2016




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