Community Solar Coming to Gig Harbor

A&R Solar wrapped up installation of a unique community solar project in Gig Harbor.

The 60 kW system is installed on the Harbor History Museum, a nonprofit that houses the history of the Gig Harbor Peninsula and serves as a community gathering place.

Many community solar projects are ground mounted systems, making the museum project unique. The 216 Made-in-Washington Itek solar panels sit atop the large roof.

Peninsula Light customers are able to purchase units at $100 each. PenLight anticipates that each unit could provide a return of $33 per unit per year, based on state incentives, meaning each customer could recoup their investment by the end of the third year. There are 1,850 units available, and the deadline to sign up is November 6th.

Community solar allows people to participate in solar who want renewable energy but may not have the money to purchase a system of their own. It also makes it possible for those who rent or do not have a suitable location to go solar.

The project is a partnership among PenLight, the museum, and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. A&R Solar is the solar contractor.

Sign up for the project on the PenLight website.