Community Solar

It’s never been easier for communities to go solar together.  From award winning community solar projects to our innovative Solarize Washington program, Northwest SEED is helping communities across the Northwest harness energy from the sun. Current efforts include:

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Solarize Washington

Our Solarize participants have installed 3 megawatts of solar on rooftops across Washington since we launched the program in 2011. 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 this program here.

Northwest Solar Communities

In partnership with the WA Department of Commerce State Energy Office, Northwest SEED and partners are working to increase access to solar across the Pacific Northwest. Under a grant from the US DOE SunShot Rooftop Solar Challenge, Northwest Solar Communities will seek to simplify and standardize the installation of solar electric systems by addressing four action areas: Permitting, Interconnection, Financing, and Planning. Work groups are developing tools and templates that can be easily adopted by communities to make solar easier and more cost effective for those they serve. This effort builds on the 2012 Evergreen State Solar Partnership.

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 and the third and fourth projects are under construction at the Zoo and the Phinney Neighborhood Association and on Capitol Hill Housing’s Holiday Apartments. You can learn all about Seattle City Light’s Community Solar program here. Learn more about Northwest SEED’s role in the Community Solar program here.

Working With You

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

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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.