Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (Northwest SEED), Sustainable NE Seattle, and A&R Solar/NW Wind & Solar have launched Solarize Seattle: Northeast, a community-driven effort designed to bring solar energy to Seattle homes.
Solarize Seattle: Northeast is the third campaign of Northwest SEED’s Solarize Washington program (www.solarizewa.org). The campaign features a group-buy program that provides a streamlined process for residents and small businesses to purchase solar systems for a discounted price. Through this program, participants will have the opportunity to become engaged, energy savvy homeowners by learning about solar energy, connecting with their neighbors, and achieving significant price discounts.
The effort will be co-led by Sustainable NE Seattle, who will spearhead outreach and provide neighborhood resources to those interested in joining the Solarize campaign. Through a competitive bidding process, Northwest SEED and Sustainable NE Seattle have selected A&R Solar/NW Wind & Solar as the project’s solar installation team. A&R Solar/NW Wind & Solar will offer solar panels at discounted rates to project participants.
Over 100 Northeast Seattle residents have already indicated early interest in Solarize Seattle: Northeast. The limited-time campaign intends to install over 200 kilowatts of solar energy in Northeast Seattle by summer of 2012. Northwest SEED’s first two Solarize campaigns in 2011 resulted in a 65% increase in Seattle’s annual solar installation rate and injected more than $1.2 million into the local solar economy.
Registration for Solarize Seattle: Northeast will open Tuesday, January 17th. Registration is open to Northeast Seattle residents in 98105, 98115, and 98125 zip codes. Free educational workshops will be held throughout the registration period on January 28th, February 29th, March 24th, and April 28th. For additional information, visit www.solarizewa.org.
About Northwest SEED: Northwest SEED is a non-profit organization that empowers community scale clean energy through expert guidance that combines technical support, community education and practical implementation. www.nwseed.org.
About Sustainable NE Seattle: Sustainable NE Seattle is a local community organization founded with the mission to support the transition of our community toward resilience and sustainability. www.sustainableneseattle.ning.com.
About A&R Solar/NW Wind & Solar: The A&R Solar/NW Wind & Solar team provides design and installation services for solar energy systems for your home or business. The team considers the growth of all employees – through experience, education, and mentoring – to be as important as profitability and productivity. www.a-rsolar.com; www.nwwindandsolar.com.