Solarize Kirkland program encourages community buying power

 

Grant supports public outreach

 

Thanks to a grant awarded by the Washington State Department of Commerce, the City of Kirkland, in partnership with Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC), will be conducting outreach to neighborhoods and businesses about a solar purchasing program.  Solarize Kirkland is designed to encourage a group purchase, or “bulk buy,” of solar arrays and the campaign aims to help Kirkland residents and businesses achieve an affordable and successful solar installation. The program provides a reduced cost and easy installation of solar panels on homes, businesses, and multi-family units.  The City will host two informational workshops for home and business owners and property managers: July 16 and August 11, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Kirkland City Hall, Council Chambers, 123 Fifth Avenue.  Two other workshops will be held in September, but are not yet scheduled.

 

This type of program has been widely successful in many locations including Seattle, Snohomish County, and more broadly on a national scale, from Portland to New York – with savings as much as 20% on average when compared to acquiring solar systems independently. 

Solarized Kirkland is also in partnership with Puget Sound EnergyNW Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (SEED) and Solarize Washington.