The City of Kirkland partnered with PPRC to initiate the Solarize Kirkland program that helped Kirkland’s residents purchase affordable, clean energy to power their homes and businesses.
By organizing a group purchase, or “bulk buy,” the campaign helped 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 was 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 April, 2017, when the program’s installations were completed, the Solarize Kirkland program was responsible for 64 solar systems that produce about 400 kW of power.
- Read a testimonial from one Kirkland family who installed solar on their home in 2015.
- In 2016, as a thank you to the Kirkland community for making the program a successful one, Northwest Electric & Solar donated a solar array to Friends of Youth to offset the costs of operating their headquarters building. In 2017, Northwest Electric & Solar donated a solar system to Attain Housing, a local nonprofit that provides housing and support services for homeless families.
In 2015 to 2016, a series of Community Workshops informed citizens interested in solar power about the benefits and costs of installing a system in Washington state.
- 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.
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.
- For more details about the campaign, check out Solarize Kirkland January, 2016 newsletter, which details the recently extended state and federal solar incentives.