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Eastside Solarize Campaigns Choose Contractors, Set Workshop Dates

July 2, 2015

IMG_0432This summer, two new Solarize campaigns are launching on the east side of Lake Washington. Solarize Kirkland and Solarize Bellevue plan to use the power of bulk purchases and community organization to install dozens of affordable solar systems on residential and business rooftops. So far, both campaigns are making notable progress. Namely, volunteer groups from each city have selected contractors and will begin community workshops in July.

A committee of Kirkland volunteers selected Northwest Electric & Solar as its community installer. Northwest Electric & Solar has an excellent reputation for professionalism and experience in the Seattle area. The company recently completed a highly successful round of installations for the first Solarize Bellevue campaign, a campaign that installed 51 new arrays and increased Bellevue’s production of solar power by 45 percent. Derek White, Owner of Northwest Electric & Solar, is thrilled to bring a Solarize campaign to his home town of Kirkland. “Clean, renewable energy like solar at a cost that is affordable for everyone is my passion,” White said.

logo_headerIn Bellevue, the success of the first Solarize campaign prompted strong community support for a second. The volunteer contractor selection committee chose A&R Solar. A certified B Corporation, A&R Solar meets high standards of social and environmental performance. In addition to being employee owned, the company prides itself on the values of environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. Co-founder and CEO, Reeves Clippard, says, “This is a great opportunity for us to be more involved in an area where our employee owners live and to help Bellevue continue on a path of sustainability.”

From July to September, a series of community workshops will allow Kirkland and Bellevue residents many opportunities learn about the financial and technical aspects of solar installations. Workshops provide a forum for people to ask questions about installations, technology, pay-back period, permitting, or anything else. The first workshop in Kirkland will take place on Thursday, July 16, from 7:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m. at the Kirkland City Hall. For more information, and to register for a workshop, go to our full page on Solarize Kirkland.

In Bellevue, the first workshop will take place on Tuesday, July 21, 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m., at the Bellevue City Hall Council Chambers. For more information, or to register, visit GreenWA.org, the City of Bellevue’s sustainability website.

In bringing more solar power to Kirkland and Bellevue, PPRC is proud to partner with City of Kirkland and the City of Bellevue. Project supporters include Puget Sound Energy, NW Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (SEED), the Washington State Dept. of Commerce, and Solarize Washington.

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