The Carroll County Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) recently released a new publication, Guide to Residential Solar Installation in Carroll County. The guide is intended to assist Carroll County residents in navigating the process to install solar energy facilities at their homes.

Solar energy as an alternative energy source for individual residents has become more popular and accessible. While this generally benefits consumers through lower costs, it can also present challenges for the average homeowner to wade through the vast amount of information available and identify applicable and relevant information. This booklet provides residents interested in installing solar facilities with basic information covering zoning and permitting requirements, questions to ask installers or solar companies, finding a certified installer, buying versus leasing, financing options, and more. It also offers additional online resources for homeowners to pursue for additional information.

The Guide to Residential Solar Installation in Carroll County is available to view or download on the EAC webpage at under Current Topics/Issues. For hardcopies, visit the Carroll County Department of Land & Resource Management at 225 North Center Street, Westminster, Maryland. For more information, please contact Brenda Dinne, EAC Staff Liaison, at 410-386-2140 or