Community Solar

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Solarize Northwest

Our Solarize participants have installed solar panels on over 950 rooftops across Washington and Oregon, saving communities over $450,000 per year! This innovative group purchase program is proving that communities can come together to create resiliency and support the local solar economy through clean energy installations. Learn more about Solarize here.

Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) for All

We quintupled the amount of solar in Washington in just three years, and the incentives that spurred this phenomenal growth have gone overwhelmingly to early adopter homeowners. Our “Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) for All” program aims to deliver solar energy benefits for low and moderate income families. We’re working with Seattle housing providers, lending partners, Seattle City Light, and local foundations to slice through the complexities of affordable housing finance and get solar on multifamily housing.

Solar Plus

Launching later this year, Solar Plus will convene leaders from utilities, regulators, the Washington State Energy Office, the Oregon Department of Energy, the solar industry and community-based organizations to develop a plan to tap into our region’s unique opportunities to develop solar and provide greater access. Over three years, Solar Plus will look beyond energy generation to additional solar value streams, through three main focus areas:

  • Deploying more community shared solar projects in the region
  • Creating opportunities for increased resilience and access to solar for low-income communities
  • Maximizing the social and electricity grid value of solar development

Read the press release!

Northwest Solar Communities

In partnership with the WA Department of Commerce State Energy Office, Northwest SEED and partners helped increase access to solar across the Pacific Northwest. Over the 2.5 year program, we quintupled the amount of solar in Washington State! Funded by the US DOE SunShot Rooftop Solar Challenge, Northwest Solar Communities streamlined four action areas: Permitting, Interconnection, Financing, and Planning. Work groups developed tools and templates that can be easily adopted by communities to make solar easier and more cost effective for those they serve.

Seattle City Light Community Solar

With help from Northwest SEED, Seattle City Light secured several grants from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a customer-supported community solar installation. Together, we designed and deployed an award-winning Community Solar program. The first installation, three solar picnic shelters at Seattle’s Jefferson Park, enrolled over 450 residents, demonstrating Seattle’s strong support for harvesting the sun. The second installation on the roof of the Seattle Aquarium, was even more popular so City Light continued to expand the program with installations at the Zoo, the Phinney Neighborhood Association, and Capitol Hill Housing’s Holiday Apartments. You can learn more about Seattle City Light’s Community Solar program here. See real time production data here. Learn more about Northwest SEED’s role in the Community Solar program here.

SolarWISE Workshops

Northwest SEED partnered with Seattle City Light to provide free solar education workshops modeled on the popular Solarize workshops. Customers learned how solar works, which sites are most suitable, how to select an installer, and how to finance a solar project. The 2015 SolarWISE workshop series has ended, but please sign up for our newsletter and check our website for updates on the next series.

Working With You

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Northwest SEED provides educational events to community members to support renewable energy project development.

Have an Idea?

Got a project idea ready? We may be able to assist with your community project. Click below to see what services we offer!

Find More Resources

Northwest SEED provides publications, guidebooks and web tools that help communities pursue clean energy projects.