Thursday, January 12, 2012

Laurelhurst Next To Participate in Solarize Seattle, Registration Starts Next Week

Kathy,  a Laurelhurst resident and and homeowner with solar PV, wanted to pass along to the neighborhood that Laurelhurst is one of several NE neighborhoods selected in the state, to be part of the Northeast Neighborhood Solarize Project, which brings neighbors together to enjoy significant discounts through the group purchase of solar systems.

The program is open to the public with registration starting January 17th through April 23rd.

After attending the workshop, potential participants are eligible to receive a free site assessment from the installation team, who will come to evaluate the home for solar and work with the participant to determine the best system for their  needs and budget. Once a contract is signed, the installation team will schedule the discounted solar system installation.

The first of several free workshops  to learn about solar energy and this limited time opportunity will be held on January 28th at Meadowbrook Community Center from 11-12:30pm.

The program, open to businesses and residences in 98105, 98115, and 98125 zip code, is put on by  a  partnership between Northwest SEED, Sustainable NE Seattle, A&R Solar, and NW Wind & Solar.

"The Solarize initiative provides a streamlined process through which neighbors can collectively decide where to start, how to budget, what to buy, and who to hire," the information says.    

Recently a solar system was installed in a house in the nearby Windermere neighborhood that will generate 7,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year.

Tracy with NW Wind & Solar, one of two installers chosen for the upcoming Solarize Seattle, told us that the homeowners said that "This year, with decreasing prices and some subsidies, it became a break-even proposition.  Initially, we enjoyed just watching our meter run backwards. After the first full month, the system is working well and we got 25 percent more power than we had projected due to a mild, sunny month.”

Queen Anne was the first neighborhood project to be "solarized" as part of this unique program with the installation of solar on 150+ homes.

For more information on Solarize Seattle Northeast go here.

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