Solarize Bellevue

Thank you for a successful Solarize Bellevue campaign in 2014-2015!  Over 50 new solar arrays were added to Bellevue residences, including the free system donated to the Bellevue Boys and Girls Club Teen Center.  

On March 27th, 2015 the community came out to enjoy a special event celebrating this success at the Bellevue Boys and Girls Club Teen Center with food, music, elected officials and even Blitz from the Seattle Seahawks and the Carbon Yeti from City of Bellevue.

We look forward to repeating this success with Solarize Bellevue 2.0 in 2015-2016 - let's paint the town with clean energy!

Also, have you taken the Green Power Challenge

Can't buy solar for your own home or looking to do more for the environment? Take the Green Power Challenge!  In 2015, City of Bellevue is participating in the PSE Green Power Challenge.  For as little as $4 more per month for residential customers, you can offset a portion of your electricity footprint (or $10-12 to offset 100 percent of the average home's usage). This money allows PSE to buy clean energy on your behalf from local wind, biogas and solar companies.

Count me in! Meeting the goal means Bellevue will earn a $40,000 grant to install a solar array at Bellevue's Crossroads International Park.



2014-2015 Campaign Outcomes: 

We did it!  We've surpassed our goal of 30 new solar arrays in Bellevue through the Solarize campaign.  We donated a free system valued at over $16,000 to a local non-profit..  We even hit our stretch goal of 50 new systems. That's a 140% increase in solar production in Bellevue!

We are now inviting the whole community to a celebration of this success - it's a Solarize Bellevue Party so  RSVP now!  

Special guests include Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci (a Solarize participant!), "Blitz" from the Seattle Seahawks, and Bellevue's own "Carbon Yeti."  There will be food, beverages, and solar games for all ages!

Where: Bellevue Boys and Girls Clubs Teen Center, 15228 Lake Hills Blvd.
When: Friday, March 27, 2015, 3:30-6:30 PM
Who: You, your family, and the whole Bellevue community!

RSVP now for our celebration of this success!  

 

Boys and GIrls Clubs of Bellevue Wins! It's official - based on a community vote and other criteria, Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue was selected as the winning non-profit to receive a free PV solar array through the Solarize Bellevue campaign.  Congratulations to KidsQuest Children's Museum and Hopelink for being among the finalists and competing for this incredible award.  Thank you to the campaign's solar contractor- Northwest Electric and Solar- for donating this gift and to the whole Bellevue community for beating our goal of 30 new systems in Bellevue!  Read more about the prize and how Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue plan to put it to use on their recent blog - Teen Center Turned Green Center.

 

Interested in going solar?  Solarize Bellevue is a great way to get started. Solarize Bellevue is a neighborhood solar purchasing program that provides homeowners and businesses with reduced cost, headache-free solar installations on their homes, businesses, or multifamily units.  This is achieved by pooling local individuals who are interested in pursuing solar power for their residences, and making a collective “bulk buy.”  This type of program has been widely successful across the country, with savings as much as 20% on average when compared to acquiring solar systems independently. 

How do I participate in Solarize Bellevue?

You can participate in two ways:

1. Volunteer to spread the word about Solarize Bellevue.  We are recruiting engaged community members to discuss this opportunity with their neighbors, neighborhood associations, businesses, and at events this summer and fall.  To volunteer, please email Paula Del Giudice at pdelgiudice@pprc.org. 

2.  Register for a workshop - Prospective solar energy system buyers should plan to attend a community workshop.  Interested participants must attend one community workshop in the summer/fall of 2014 in order to be eligible to take advantage of the Solarize Bellevue program benefits.  

Solarize Bellevue community workshops 

Workshops have concluded for 2014.  Check back for future opportunities.  

What are the benefits to me for participating in Solarize Bellevue

There are many benefits for participating in this program:

  1. Free education and technical assistance in determining if solar is right for your home or business,

  2. Reduced costs on your system if you purchase through the program as opposed to independently,

  3. Eligibility for all state and federal tax credits and incentives,

  4. A quicker return on your investment, which means you start generating free energy sooner, 

  5. Joining your neighbors and community in a solid financial and environmental investment.

For more questions and answers, reference the Solarize Bellevue FAQs page.

Timeline of Solarize Bellevue:

April - June, 2014, Phase I - Volunteer recruitment & contractor selection

July - October, 2014, Phase II - Community workshops and contractor site assessments

July, 2014 - March, 2015, Phase III - Solar installations take place
 

Other Resources

The Solarize Washington webpage contains success stories of campaigns from previous years throughout the state. 

Puget Sound Energy's Incentive Structure page describes the variable rates of feed-in electricity sales, depending on the different components of your residential solar system.

Identify the solar potential of your home, your neighborhood, your whole city!  Use the map below to dig deeper into your production potential by zooming into your home address:

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