Solarize Bellevue celebrating 48 new solar arrays!
We did it! We've surpassed our goal of 30 new solar arrays in Bellevue through the Solarize campaign. This means a free system valued at over $16,000 will be awarded to a local non-profit...and we set our sights on the stretch-goal of 50 new systems. As of December 28, we're at 48 systems and counting!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 will take place at the following dates and times. Please register at the GoToMeeting link below for the final "Webinar" workshop on November 5th.
Tuesday, July 15, 6-8pm - Bellevue City Hall, Council Chambers (we plan to record this workshop to make available through a webinar workshop at a later date).
Tuesday, August 12, 6-8pm - South Bellevue Community Center, Community Room A
Tuesday, August 26, 6-8pm - Highland Community Center, Art Room - *We're sorry, space at this workshop has filled up. Please consider attending our workshop on September 20th, or look for additional workshop announcements in the Fall. Thank you for your interest!*
Saturday, September 20, 10am-noon - Northwest Arts Center, Studio D - *We're sorry, over 100 participants have registered and space at this workshop has filled up. Please consider attending our workshop on September 20th, or look for additional workshop announcements in the Fall. Thank you for your interest!*
Tuesday, October 21, 6-8pm - Bellevue City Hall, Council Chambers - *New workshop added due to popular demand!
Wednesday, November 5, 6-8pm - Online Webinar - *New workshop added due to popular demand - Please register here: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/311265318
What are the benefits to me for participating in Solarize Bellevue?
There are many benefits for participating in this program:
Free education and technical assistance in determining if solar is right for your home or business,
Reduced costs on your system if you purchase through the program as opposed to independently,
Eligibility for all state and federal tax credits and incentives,
A quicker return on your investment, which means you start generating free energy sooner,
Joining your neighbors and community in a solid financial and environmental investment.
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
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: