The summer sun is on its way, and now is the time to get solar panels up on the roof to capture clean, renewable energy! Solarize Seattle: Northeast has officially extended program registration through Monday, April 30th to Northeast Seattle residents and small businesses.
The campaign’s limited-time offer provides a discounted price on solar installations and takes community members through a step-by-step educational process to purchase solar systems. In just three months, 21 Northeast Seattle residents have already contracted to install solar on their homes, adding more than 100 kilowatts of clean solar energy to the city’s power grid. The Solarize Seattle: Northeast campaign intends to install solar on more than 50 Northeast Seattle homes by the summer of 2012. The campaign is a partnership between nonprofits Northwest SEED and Sustainable NE Seattle and local solar installation firms A&R Solar and NW Wind & Solar.
To date, nearly 300 people have registered to participate. Northeast Seattleites who want to get in on the Solarize deal should register online at www.solarizewa.org/registration by Monday, April 30th. Registrants will have access to free educational workshops, a free site assessment to determine solar suitability, and a 25 percent price discount derived from the program’s economies of scale.
Beyond increasing Seattle’s appetite for clean energy, Solarize Seattle: Northeast has helped small businesses grow their workforce with local green jobs. According to Adam Pinsky of NW Wind & Solar, “Solarize Seattle: Northeast has enabled us to add an additional installation crew as well as an additional sales consultant.” Reeves Clippard of A&R Solar has seen similar results, stating that “We’ve added three full-time jobs so far and plan to add a couple more because of the Solarize campaign.” He adds that, “Besides our own growth, it has been great to be more involved with the community, and see first hand how a small group of concerned citizens are able to make such a great impact.”
Interested Northeast Seattle residents and small business owners are encouraged to find out more about Solarize Seattle: Northeast by visiting www.solarizewa.org or attending one of the program’s free educational workshops. The next workshop will take place Saturday, April 28th from 11:00AM-12:30PM at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church (4805 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105). All workshops are free and open to the public.
About Solarize Seattle: Northeast
Solarize Seattle: Northeast is a community effort designed to drive solar installations through a group purchase program. Northwest SEED’s past Solarize campaigns in Queen Anne and Magnolia increased Seattle’s annual installation rate by 100% in 2011. Northwest SEED is a nonprofit organization with a mission to establish a clean, diverse, and affordable Northwest energy system based on the efficient use of renewable resources. We work directly with communities to identify practical solutions that support a sustainable local economy founded on locally owned energy assets.