Press Room

Welcome to the Press Room, where Northwest SEED shares our work via articles, interviews, and press releases. Please check back regularly for updates and new information about Northwest SEED and our exciting projects!

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Learn about the strides we’re taking toward a region powered by locally controlled clean energy through these stories.

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Stay informed on local clean energy news by signing up for our bi-monthly e-newsletter (scroll to the bottom of this page to sign up). Past newsletters are archived below:

Press Clips

February 17th, 2017

Energize Rogue Brings Discounted Heatpumps to Community

Energize Rogue has launched, bringing an incredible opportunity for residents and businesses in Josephine and Jackson counties to participate in a group purchase program for ductless heat pumps. Read the story here.

October 25th, 2016

Solarize U Eugene Donated Panels Installed

Solarize U Eugene solarized 80 homes, totaling 328 kilowatts of solar! The Eugene Solar Coalition and Platt Electric donated two 3.5kW solar electric systems for meeting our goal of 70 installations! One was awarded to the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) and the other went to the Veteran’s Housing Project. The donations will help these non-profits save money on their electric bills while producing clean, renewable energy. To learn more about ELAW’s installation, check out this press release. The University of Oregon Sustainability Department shares the story here.

Solar Plus Awarded U.S. Department of Energy Grant

Solar Plus, a joint effort of more than a dozen stakeholder groups in Washington and Oregon has been awarded a $2,050,000 SunShot grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to further deployment of solar energy in the Pacific Northwest. It is the largest of the 17 awards totaling $21 million announced. Read the full press release, and learn more here.

Energize Rogue Launches!

September, 2016

Energize Rogue will increase energy efficiency installations in the Rogue Valley, stimulate business growth, enable residents to reduce their energy costs, and support environmental stewardship, with support from a USDA Rural Business Development Office grant. Read the full press release and learn more here.

Energize Klickitat Launches!

July, 2016

Energize Klickitat will support small and emerging business in Klickitat County through educational trainings and a renewable energy or energy efficiency technology group purchase campaign. This program is made possible by a Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) awarded by the USDA Rural Development in Washington State. Read the full press release here.

Innovation, resiliency, and breaking barriers

March 25th, 2016

Community Power Network profiled Northwest SEED’s Solarize programs, exploring the growing sector of solar energy in the Pacific Northwest, and how Northwest SEED creates pathways for all people to access renewable energy. Read the full piece by John David Baldwin here.

A Future for WA Renewables

House Bill 2346 is currently under review by the Senate Ways and Means Committee, as Northwest SEED champions its progress to law. Jennifer Grove, Executive Director of Northwest SEED shares her thoughts on the bill, its potential, and the future of renewables in Washington. Read the full op-ed here.

Solar Power is in Woodinville’s Future

January 25th, 2015

The Woodinville Weekly reported on the launch of Solarize Woodinville, which kicks off on Thursday, January 28th at 21 Acres. The article highlights the benefits of Solarize campaigns, quoting the Woodinville City Council member and Northwest SEED partner Paula Waters as saying, “it takes a lot of the burden of research off an individual citizen.”  Read the full article here.

NW Energy Coalition Honors Jaimes Valdez

December, 2015

Northwest SEED Policy Manager, Jaimes Valdez, is honored as a rising clean energy star at NW Energy Coalition’s Awards Gala. Jaimes has been named one of the 4 Under Forty making an impact on clean energy in our region. The Awards Gala will be held on Thursday, December 3rd, and will feature four honorees who have demonstrated commitment to environmental action.

EPA Announces 2015 Environmental Justice Small Grant Awards

October 8th, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced nearly $1.2 million in competitive grants selected for award to 40 non-profit and tribal organizations working to address environmental justice issues nationwide. Northwest SEED is honored to receive funding for Renewable Energy Farm Walks, which seek to increase awareness and direct participation in renewable energy generation by agriculture producers. You can read more about the Northwest SEED proposal, and the other grant recipients here.

U.S. Department of Energy highlights Northwest SEED’s Rooftop Solar Challenge II

The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy’s Community Solar Awards features the Rooftop Solar Challenge II.  Northwest SEED partners with the Washington State Department of Commerce and other environmental organizations to create a more vibrant regional solar market.

Washington Governor Inslee praises five “Solar Communities”

April 8, 2015

Leading the helm, Northwest SEED’s Northwest Solar Communities initiative has been recognized for increasing residential solar energy installations through reduced costs, streamlined permitting. Gov. Jay Inslee today proclaimed the cities of Bellevue, Edmonds, Kirkland, Mercer Island and Seattle “Northwest Solar Communities,” acknowledging their various initiatives that have increased residential solar installations by nearly 200% since 2013. Read more the entire press release here and view the Governor’s proclamation. Congrats!

National Association of Farm Broadcasters Features Northwest SEED’s Mia Devine

March 3, 2015

Listen to Mia Devine share advice on how to avoid common mistakes for installing small wind systems. As farmers know, plants must be grown in the right locations. The same goes for wind turbines. As part of the Northwest Wind Resource and Action Center, Northwest SEED created a Consumer’s Guide Checklist for Small Wind Electric Systems to educate people about small wind turbines and help them avoid mistakes that give small wind a bad reputation.

Northwest SEED selected as 2014 Environmental Investee by SVP Seattle

June 23, 2014

Northwest SEED is delighted to report that we have been selected as the 2014 Environmental Investee by SVP Seattle. We are looking forward to starting work on this partnership, and expanding access to clean energy across the Pacific Northwest!

Bloom Seattle 9 featuring Linda Irvine from Northwest SEED

February 20, 2014

Linda Irvine, along with seven other innovative leaders in Seattle, spoke at the Bloom! Seattle event on her passion for sustainability, her work at Northwest SEED, and our Solarize Washington and HEATWISE programs.

Microsoft Office 365 for Nonprofits video featuring Northwest SEED

September 10, 2013

Northwest SEED, along with two other non-profits, received a donation of Microsoft’s Office 365 software and participated in a video about its launch, check it out here!: NWSEED & Microsoft O365. You can find more information about Microsoft’s donation program on their website, blog, or Facebook page.

Sustainability Segment with Northwest SEED and Puget Sound Solar

July 27, 2013

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Jennifer Grove and Puget Sound Solar‘s Pam Burton speak with Diane Horn on KEXP’s Mind Over Matters. The interview is also available for download on iTunes, on the Mind Over Matters podcast.

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Seattle Channel: CityStream Earth Day Special

April 22, 2013

Northwest SEED, Seattle City Light, and Solarize Seattle: Northwest participants discuss their experience with the Solarize Washington program.

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Crosscut: Won’t You be my Solar-Panel-Buying Neighbor?

February 13, 2013

Northwest SEED’s Alex Sawyer talks to Crosscut about the Solarize Washington solar group purchase program, the latest campaign in Northwest Seattle, and available incentives for solar. The article includes an audio link as well!

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Seattle Times: Solar Neighborhood Projects Shine in “Sunbreak” Seattle

February 2, 2013

Jennifer Grove, Seattle City Light, and volunteers from the Solarize Seattle: Northwest campaign discuss the campaign, the incentives, and City Light’s support for the project.

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Press Releases

Community Organizations Selected for Free Solar Power Systems

September 11, 2013

Two local community organizations – Bike Works and Clean Greens Farm & Market – will receive a donated system to generate renewable energy for their facility if enough homes in central and southeast Seattle neighborhoods choose to install solar electric systems in the coming months.

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Free Solar Power System to be Awarded to Qualifying Community Organizations

July 23, 2013

The Solarize Seattle: Central/Southeast Community Coalition is seeking applications from qualified community organizations who would like to have a donated solar photovoltaic system installed at their facility to generate renewable energy for the facility and to use as an educational tool.

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Solarize Seattle: Central/Southeast is Now Open for Registration

July 8, 2013

Solar group purchase campaign for central and southeast Seattle Neighborhoods

Northwest SEED and Seattle City Light have launched a solar energy education and installation program that provides a streamlined process for residents and small businesses to purchase solar systems for a discounted price.

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