Issaquah Neighborhood Fighting Back Against Climate Change

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee paid a visit to the Issaquah Highlands Friday afternoon to celebrate a local innovator in the fight against climate change.

The governor was given a personal home tour by residents Bryan Bell and Karin Weekly, whose townhouse — part of the zHome development on Ninth Place Northeast — functions a little differently than the average American home.

Opened in 2011, zHome is the first zero net-energy multifamily project in the nation, meaning the homes replace all of the energy they consume with clean energy.

Solarize is Coming to Issaquah!

The City of Issaquah is launching a Solarize Campaign and we invite you to be a part of it!

Solarize Issaquah is a collaborative effort of the City of Issaquah, the nonprofit Spark Northwest and community volunteers designed to bring solar energy to homes and businesses in Issaquah. This is a limited-time campaign that brings neighbors together to save time and money through the group purchase of solar systems. A group of community volunteers recently selected Northwest Solar & Electric as our solar installation partner for the campaign.

Environmental program gets solar panels thanks to Solarize U

The home of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide is about to get much greener thanks to a donation from UO’s Solarize U program.

A team of solar installers erected a 3.5-kilowatt solar array on the roof of a historic Eugene building that houses lawyers, scientists and other professionals working to protect communities and the environment in more than 80 countries around the globe.

Woodinville Montessori to Receive Solar Donation

Woodinville Montessori School will receive a donated solar electric system to generate renewable energy for the school through the Solarize Woodinville campaign. The system is donated by the campaign’s community-selected installer, Puget Sound Solar, and Bellingham-based solar panel manufacturer Itek Energy. “Puget Sound Solar is excited for this opportunity to promote solar education” said Pam […]

Solarize Snoqualmie Wins the 2016 Municipal Excellence Award in Environmental Category!

Competing against 31 other cities and 50 projects, Northwest Seed’s Solarize Snoqualmie program has won the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) 2016 Municipal Excellence Award in the category “making a difference in your environment.” The award recognized the dramatic increase in homes with solar panels achieved  in the City of Snoqualmie and nearby communities following five […]

City earns award for Solarize Snoqualmie effort

By SnoValley Star staff

The Solarize Snoqualmie program won the City of Snoqualmie a Municipal Excellence Award from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC).

Snoqualmie beat seven other cities that entered in the Making a Difference in Your Environment category. The awards are presented to cities that have demonstrated outstanding achievements in innovative city projects, according to AWC.

Solarize Shoreline Campaign: Free Educational Workshops Coming

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Solarize Shoreline is an initiative to bring solar energy to homes and businesses within the City of Shoreline.

It is a limited-time campaign designed to help homeowners and small businesses purchase solar electric systems with a streamlined process and group discount.

Solarize Shoreline is a collaborative effort of Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (Northwest SEED), City of Shoreline, and a team of community volunteers.

Registration is now open for the workshops where residents can learn more about the program.

Snoqualmie Elementary to get solar power

By Dylan Chaffin

Snoqualmie Elementary School is the recipient of a new solar power system thanks to the “Solarize Snoqualmie” initiative’s success.

As part of the initiative, the City of Snoqualmie and NW Wind and Solar agreed that the company would donate 1-kilowatt per 10 contracts signed for residential solar panel installation.

To date, 38 households have signed up, meaning the proposed system is 3-kilowatts, but has the potential to expand to 4-kilowatts if two more contracts are signed by March 31, wrote Associate Planner Nicole Sanders in an email.

A 4-kilowatt system would offset more than 104,000 pounds of carbon dioxide during its first 25 years of operation, according to a city press release.

Solar Power Is In Woodinville’s Future

Written by Briana Gerdeman

Woodinville residents will have a way to get solar power installed cheaply and easily, and the first chance to get involved is this week.

The project, called Solarize Woodinville, will be managed by the nonprofit Northwest SEED (Sustainable Energy for Economic Development.) The first Solarize campaign was started by a grassroots group in Portland, and now Solarize campaigns have spread across the country. Northwest SEED has completed 18 Solarize campaigns resulting in more that 800 installations of solar panels, said Jill Eikenhorst, project coordinator for Northwest SEED. Eikenhorst spoke about Solarize Woodinville at last week’s City Council meeting.

A Solarize Woodinville Campaign Training and Kickoff will be held Thursday, Jan. 28 from 6-9 p.m. at 21 Acres in Woodinville, located at 13701 NE 171st Street. Anyone who’s interested can RSVP to or 206-457-5403. The meeting is open to all in the 98072 and 98077 area codes, but is primarily geared toward people who want to serve as organizers, or solar ambassadors.

Rush for home solar panels expected as end of federal subsidy looms

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Winter in Western Oregon may seem an odd time to consider the benefits of solar power, but industry experts say a couple of compelling financial reasons should prompt residents to think now about installing solar panels on their homes. Unless Congress acts, federal solar investment tax credits to encourage the installation of residential photovoltaic solar energy systems will expire Dec. 31, 2016

To qualify for the credits, which save taxpayers money, the systems must be installed and operating by the end of next year, said Steve Mital, sustainability director at the University of Oregon.

A year from now may seem like a long time, but it can take several months to select a system, hire a contractor, get permits and have the solar unit installed, he said.

“Now is the time,” Mital said. “The sun is setting on federal tax credits.”

The federal solar income tax credit was enacted in 2005 and renewed by Congress three years later.

Solar industry supporters worry that the Republican-controlled Congress will not renew the credit for residential systems, allowing it to expire at the end of next year. The tax credit for commercial systems will remain, though it will drop to 10 percent from 30 percent by 2017.

There’s another reason for homeowners to give solar energy immediate attention: If they attend a solar workshop on Monday, they could save 10 percent on the installation, or about $1,200, on a typical residential system compared to what it would cost if they purchased one on their own, Mital said.

The workshop, at the University of Oregon, is being offered by Solarize U, which was created by Mital’s office and is managed by Northwest SEED, a nonprofit organization that promotes clean energy in the Pacific Northwest. The event is free, but registration is required.