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Community Solar Award Offered with Solarize South County

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.

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.

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.”

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.