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Solarize Mercer Island - A great deal on solar power!

Solarize rooftop installation
Summer, 2014 - The City has signed an agreement with regional non-profit group Northwest SEED to launch a mass solar installation initiative here on Mercer Island.  The Solarize Mercer Island campaign intends to bring at least 30 new residential solar arrays online, and will be run jointly by Northwest SEED, the City, committed citizen volunteers, and with support from the Washington Dept of Commerce and Puget Sound Energy (PSE).

This exciting opportunity builds on the success of the 2012 PSE Green Power sign-up campaign, last year's EPA Green Power Community Award, and is a logical next step following the installation of the City's solar array at the Community Center in July 2013.

By gathering dozens of interested homeowners, the campaign can offer 10 to 15 percent off normal pricing due to the cost efficiencies of mass purchasing.  The State of Washington's solar incentives mean a typical system can pay for itself in just six to nine years, depending on equipment selected, and should then last another 20-30 years. Typical systems in past campaigns have averaged about 4.9 kilowatts in size.
Low-interest solar loans are available from local banks and credit unions.

The first step for homeowners and business-owners interested in installing solar panels on their rooftop will be to join a public workshop (starting June 3).  After attending a 90-minute workshop, attendees will be eligible for a free site assessment to determine the feasibility of their desired rooftop location. Islanders who then decide to pursue the opportunity will sign a contract directly with the solar installer pre-selected by a Solarize volunteer committee.


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