New program brings Capitol Hill homeowners together to save on solar


City Council member Mike O’Brien will apparently not install every panel in the program (Image: Solarize Seattle)

A 10 to 15% discount on solar installations isn’t exactly a fire sale, but it might just be the push Capitol Hill residents need to make that green energy investment.

Solarize Seattle, a joint project of Seattle City Light and non-profit Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (Northwest SEED) launched this week.

The program will provide informational workshops and a group discount on solar installations. The program includes local volunteers and local organizations including Sustainable Seattle, Sustainable Capitol Hill, and Sustainable Central District.

Northwest SEED Project Manager Mia Devine said the project started from a desire to make solar energy less intimidating to consumers.

“People who are interested in putting solar in their homes… are intimidated by the tech, they don’t have the time to do all the research,” she said. “They also have a hard time selecting a contractor.”

Solarize Seattle seeks to mitigate these issues by pre-selecting a solar contractor and holding workshops where volunteers and the solar contractor will introduce the public to solar technologies and guide them through the funding and installation process.

Anyone who attends a workshop is eligible for a free site assessment, where  they will be provided with a quote for installation and a breakdown of funding opportunities, including low-interest loans.

Northwest SEED has run two similar programs in the past, and they’re expecting about the same numbers for this initiative – Devine said the program expects somewhere between 30 and 100 new solar installations. Anyone interested in attending a workshop can register here to be notified when a workshop is being held in your area.

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