The City of Kirkland is partnering with PPRC to initiate the Solarize Kirkland program that will help Kirkland’s residents be able to purchase affordable, clean energy to power their homes and businesses.
By organizing a group purchase, or “bulk buy,” the campaign aims to help Kirkland residents and businesses achieve an affordable and successful solar installation. This type of program has been widely successful across regions including Seattle, Snohomish County, and more broadly on a national scale, from Portland to New York – with savings as much as 20% on average when compared to acquiring solar systems independently.
In bringing more solar power to Kirkland, PPRC is proud to partner with Puget Sound Energy, NW Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (SEED) and Solarize Washington.
In June of 2015, Kirkland’s volunteer contractor selection committee chose Northwest Electric & Solar to be the exclusive contractor for the Kirkland Solarize campaign. Northwest Electric & Solar has an excellent reputation in the Seattle area for its professionalism and experience.
As of January 1, 2016, the Solarize Kirkland campaign has installed 41 solar systems. Read a testimonial from one Kirkland family who installed solar on their home in 2015. For more details about the campaign, check out the January, 2016 newsletter, which details the recently extended state and federal solar incentives.
The campaign will continue throughout 2016.
- Celebration! – April 8, 2016 – Our celebration for a successful year of solar installations in Kirkland was a hit! The successes included the installation of a solar system donated to Friends of Youth, at the nonprofit’s facility, 13116 NE 132nd Street. See more photographs of the celebration!
- Community Workshop #1 – May 17, 2016 – Kirkland Justice Center, Totem Lake Room, 11750 NE 118th St. Register here.
- Community Workshop #2 – June 11, 2016 – Kirkland City Hall, 123 5th Avenue. Register here.
- Community Workshop #3 – July 26, 2016 – Kirkland City Hall, 123 5th Avenue. Register here.
- Community Workshop #4 – Aug. 23, 2016 – Kirkland City Hall, 123 5th Avenue. Register here.
Community Workshops are designed to communicate the benefits of solar power as well as the specifics of the Solarize program. This is your chance to ask questions about installations, technology, pay-back period, permitting, or anything else.
- For those who want to review a Community Workshop presentation, you can view the August 11, 2015 presentation here.
- You may also view the Final Community Workshop Webinar November 12, 2015.
*Please note that to participate in the Solarize Kirkland campaign one must attend a Community Workshop event.
Useful Resources for Those Considering Solar Power
- Department of Internal Revenue Frequently Asked Questions about Renewable Energy System Cost Recovery Incentive Program – Provides clear answers to questions you have about the benefits and limits of state incentives.
- The City of Kirkland’s informational page on permitting for residential rooftop-mounted solar installations – This page provides very clear information about the steps required to obtain appropriate Electrical or Building Permits. It also includes useful contacts and further resources on residential solar power.
- Puget Sound Energy: Solar Power – Great info on the feasibility and growth of solar power in Washington state.
- FAQ: Does Installing Solar Improve the Value of a Home? – This New York Times piece looks at an aspect of solar power’s value that often gets overlooked. A number of studies suggest that installing solar power increases the value of a home.