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Free Solar Power System to be Awarded to Qualifying Community Organization in South Snohomish County

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The Solarize South County Community Coalition is seeking applications from qualified community organizations interested in having a donated solar photovoltaic system installed at their facility.  The donated equipment will serve as a community award as part of Solarize South County, a project of Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (Northwest SEED) and Snohomish County PUD.

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Solarize South County is a citizen-led initiative to bring solar energy to homes and businesses in several communities. A team of volunteers from Lynnwood, Edmonds and Woodway, are leading the initiative, which is designed to help single family homeowners and small businesses purchase a solar PV array via a streamlined process and group discount.

Registration is now open (www.solarizewa.org/registration). Workshops are scheduled throughout the summer. The workshops help potential participants learn about the technical and economic aspects of solar energy and qualify them for a free site assessment for their home or small business.

Through a competitive bidding process, the Solarize South County Community Coalition pre-selected A&R Solar as the project’s solar installation team.  This contractor will provide solar systems at discounted rates to Solarize participants.  In addition, A&R Solar’s bid included donating a solar electric system to a local community organization if the Solarize project reaches its goal of 50 solar installations.

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Other program requirements:

Qualifying community organizations must be located in Solarize South County territory, defined by zip codes 98020, 98026, 98036, 98037, and 98043, must own their building or have a minimum 10-year lease, at least 75% solar access (to be confirmed by solar Contractor), have composition asphalt shingle or standing seam metal roof with at least 15 years of useful life remaining, and provide a highly visible site with good access for the public to see and learn about the solar energy system. More specific guideline information is available in the Request for Applications.

“Donating a system is our way of saying ‘thanks’ and giving back to a community that supported us, while also raising awareness to the fact that solar works in western Washington,” says Dave Kozin of A&R Solar.  “By setting aside a small portion of the profit from each project, each customer is essentially investing in an asset that will pay dividends to the community down the road.”

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***The donated solar electric system will be approximately 5 kilowatts (kW) as possible and will include equipment and labor required for a rooftop installation.  The award is valued at roughly $20,000, with an additional value of up to $1,250 per year in electricity savings and renewable energy incentive payments.

The Request for Applications can be found at www.solarizewa.org.  The deadline for submitting an application is August 21, 2014.

 

About Northwest SEED: Northwest SEED is a non-profit organization that empowers community scale clean energy through expert guidance that combines technical support, community education and practical implementation.www.nwseed.org.

About Snohomish PUD: Snohomish County PUD is the second largest publicly-owned utility in Washington. It serves over 325,000 electric customers and 20,000 water customers. Its service territory covers 2,200 square miles, including all of Snohomish County and Camano Island.

 

 

 

 

South Snohomish County is going solar and residents and business owners are invited to participate

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Solarize Campaigns are all the rage. Solarize is put out by a local non-profit (NWSEED) to help communities leverage group buying power for bulk discounts. A&R Solar was just selected as the preferred contractor by the South (Snohomish) County community group for their Solarize efforts. The first workshop is coming up soon on July 16th from 6:30-8pm at the Lynnwood Library. So spread the word! The press release is below.

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Solarize South County is a citizen-led initiative to bring solar energy to homes and small businesses in several communities. A collaborative effort of Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (Northwest SEED), Snohomish County PUD, the City of Edmonds and a team of volunteers from Lynnwood, Edmonds and Woodway, Solarize South County is a time-limited initiative designed to help single family homeowners and small businesses purchase solar panels via a streamlined process and group discount. Registration is now open. The first workshop will be held July 16.

The Solarize South County initiative will include a PUD-registered solar installer (that’s us!), selected by a volunteer committee through a competitive process. Participants in the initiative will be eligible not only for the group discount, but also for the PUD’s Solar Express rebate of up to $2500 for residential customers and up to $10,000 for small businesses, along with federal and state incentives for solar energy.

To qualify for a free site assessment and community pricing, interested residents and business owners are invited to attend free educational workshops scheduled monthly, July through September. Registration for Solarize South County is now open at www.solarizewa.org/registration. Workshops are set for the following dates and locations:

• Wednesday, July 16, 6:30-8pm, Lynnwood Library (19200 – 44th Ave. West, Lynnwood)
• Tuesday, August 5, 6:30-8pm, Edmonds City Hall, Brackett Room (121 Fifth Ave. N., Edmonds)
• Wednesday August 20, 6:30-8pm, Lynnwood Library (19200 – 44th Ave. West, Lynnwood)
• Saturday, Sept 13, 10-11:30am, Edmonds City Hall, Brackett Room (121 Fifth Ave. N., Edmonds)
Please note that this program is only open to residents and small businesses in the following zip codes: 98026, 98037, 98036, 98043 and 98020.

For additional information, please visit www.solarizewa.org.

Gov. Inslee announces executive action to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean energy

April 29, 2014

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Gov. Jay Inslee today signed an executive order outlining a series of steps to cut carbon pollution in Washington and advance development and use of clean energy technologies.

“This is the right time to act, the right place to act and we are the right people to act,” Inslee said in remarks delivered at Shoreline Community College’s Professional Automotive Training Center.

“We will engage the right people, consider the right options, ask the right questions and come to the right answers — answers that work for Washington.”

Inslee’s executive order builds on earlier studies and work groups to create an action plan in six key areas. It does not implement any new programs, instead setting out a deliberative and public process. Most of the major action plan elements listed below will require either legislative approval or legislative appropriation for funding.

The Legislature in 2008 adopted a timeline for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, calling for the state to meet certain emission limits in 2020, 2035 and 2050. Yet the consultant hired by Inslee’s Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup reported that the state “will not meet its statutory reductions for 2020, 2035 and 2050 with current state and federal policies.” The consultant noted that “near-term action” is needed to meet the 2020 limits and “decisive actions taken today can set Washington squarely on a long-term path” to achieve the 2035 and 2050 limits.

When the workgroup asked for public input, hundreds of citizens attended public hearings in Spokane and Seattle and thousands more submitted written comments. The vast majority called on the state to act to reduce carbon pollution.

“The workgroup listened,” Inslee said. “This year, we will lead.”

Legislators who helped lead the CLEW process hailed today’s action.

“Washington has the opportunity to lead the nation in developing a smart, effective climate policy that grows our economy, shrinks our pollution and saves households, families and businesses money,” said Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, D-Seattle, who served on the panel. “We must keep in mind the fact that the longer we wait to reduce our emissions, the more expensive it will be to do so.”

Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, called the executive order a “bold action to advance Washington’s commitment to fighting climate change. These actions will not only develop specific Washington-based programs to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but will allow our children and grandchildren to experience a healthy Washington state — both environmentally and economically.”

The action plan elements call for these steps:

Reduce carbon emissions through new cap-and-market program

Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce composed of 21 leaders from business, labor, health and public interest organizations will provide recommendations to the governor on design and implementation of a market-based carbon pollution program.

Inslee directed the taskforce to consider measures to offset costs to consumers and businesses and to design strategies to help energy-intensive industries transition from carbon-based energy sources.

Rod Brown of the Cascadia Law Group and Ada Healey of Vulcan will co-chair the taskforce. The group will hold its first meeting today. Final recommendations are due Nov. 21, 2014.

“In Washington and across the nation, we’ve already begun to see the harm caused by climate change,” said Brown, a member of the Cascadia Law Group. “By acting now, we can protect Washingtonians while at the same time offering all of us the economic opportunities we see emerging in the clean energy economy.”

“We are proud to be one of the leading developers of green buildings in the Pacific Northwest,” said Jody Allen, president and CEO of Vulcan Inc. “My hope in having Ada Healey participate on this task force is that we can find ways to expand and replicate what we’ve learned all over Washington.”

End use of electricity generated by coal

Several state agencies will work with key utilities to reduce, and eventually eliminate, the use of electrical power produced by coal. Coal-generated electricity accounts for most of Washington’s electricity-related carbon emissions.

Develop clean transportation options and cleaner fuels

Cars, trucks and other transportation-related sources accounted for 44 percent of the state’s total greenhouse gas emissions in 2010, with 23 percent coming from gasoline consumption.  This means vehicle emissions must be reduced to achieve significant reductions in overall carbon emissions.

The state Department of Transportation will lead other agencies and local governments to promote strategies, policies and investments that support electrification of our transportation system and lower emissions through greater use of transit and other transportation options.

In addition, the Office of Financial Management will lead a technical feasibility study and cost-benefit analysis of clean fuel standard options. Analyses will help determine whether a clean fuel standard would work in Washington and how such a standard should be implemented.

Accelerate development and deployment of clean energy technology

The Department of Commerce will work with Washington State University and others on creating a program to develop and deploy new technologies for renewable energy and energy efficiency as well as recommend proposals for funding.

Inslee also asked the Washington State University Energy Program to work with the Department of Commerce, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission and others to craft recommendations for advancing development and deployment of solar power.

Improve the energy efficiency of the places we work and live

One of the most cost-effective strategies for reducing carbon emissions is to use energy more efficiently. The Department of Commerce will work with WSU and others to develop a smart building program to help homeowners, developers, businesses and governments significantly boost the energy performance of public and private buildings.

Reduce state government’s carbon footprint

The Department of Enterprise Services will lead efforts to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency throughout state government. “Resource stewardship” in state government is also one of the goals outlined in Inslee’s Results Washington, a performance management initiative.

policy brief on the Governor’s executive order is posted on the governor’s website here.