Solar Washington

Advancing Solar Energy in Washington State

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Solar Washington is a nonprofit organization composed of people, companies, programs and organizations working to advance the solar industry in our state. Through education and networking, we promote the development and effective use of solar and renewable energy with concern for the economic, environmental and social fabric of Washington. Support solar in Washington by becoming a member today. Click to join the effort!

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Project of the Month - August 2015

Town & Country Market, Bainbridge Island
 
Environmental concerns topped the list for Town & Country Market when they first looked at solar. After attending a Solar Workshop and working with Greg Williams, one of the employee-owners of Sunergy Systems, the T&C owners felt that solar was part of the answer to their mounting electrical bills. As responsible grocers, the owners of Town & Country Market made the decision to purchase a 120-panel photovoltaic system to offset some of their electrical usage and make a positive environmental statement.
 
What was the process of coming to that decision? Many in the Pacific Northwest don’t quite realize how well solar works in our region. The solar educational workshop helped to clarify this common question. After their site survey, they were encouraged by the numbers! T&C decided to add a solar array to their large store remodel project as part of their conscientious movement towards sustainability.

A&R Solar Named One of Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2015 Washington’s Best Workplaces

Story by Jennifer Amend

A&R Solar (www.a-rsolar.com) was named a finalist in the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Washington’s Best Workplaces 2015. The company was founded in Seattle in 2007 by Andy Yatteau and Reeves Clippard as one of the first solar energy installation ventures in Washington State. 
 
"Being a Best Place to Work finalist is validation for all of the hard work we've put in over the last nine years,” said company Founder and CEO Reeves Clippard. “We always work hard to make sure our employees come first so they can take care of our clients. At times just being a solar company attracts talented people. But I have to give credit where it's due--this recognition is about all of the incredible staff that have decided to make working with A&R more than just a job, more than just growing a technology, and more than just helping other people. We've decided to create a place where we can come to be inspired to be better people." 

Number of PSE Electric Customers with Solar Arrays Now Tops 3,000

From Puget Sound Energy Press Release
 
BELLEVUE, Wash. (June 24, 2015) – Even with a reputation of gray skies in western Washington, solar energy works. More and more Puget Sound Energy electric customers are turning to solar arrays to help generate clean, renewable energy at their homes, businesses and public buildings. As of this week, that number hit 3,000.
 
“Solar equipment has become increasingly affordable, and that’s a main reason we’re seeing a greater number of customers determining now’s a good time to make the investment,” said Jake Wade, manager of PSE’s solar program. “And the benefits can be seen immediately.” In PSE’s service area, residential customers make up roughly 90% of those with solar arrays; the remaining 10% are commercial properties and municipal locations, such as a library or a city building.

Save the date for the 2015 Solar Summit to be held October 10, 2015 at Shoreline Community College with a reception the evening of October 9. An annual gathering of solar industry stakeholders including installers, manufacturers, utilities, municipalities, nonprofits, legislators and more.

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Register by September 10 to receive the discounted entrance fee to the 2015 Washington State Solar Summit!
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Northwest Solar Communities is a coalition of jurisdictions, utilities, industry partners and citizen groups striving to reduce the “soft costs” of going solar.
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