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Solarize Installation Ribbon-Cutting August 8

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Solarize Commercial Array Design at the MI AutoSpa

This Friday, August 8, the first commercial installation at an Island business under the City's Solarize campaign will be activated at the Mercer Island Auto Spa (2730 80th Avenue SE).  A ribbon-cutting event for the rooftop array is scheduled for 1:00-2:00pm, and owner Suzanne Skone invites the community to attend and celebrate this milestone. Islanders are invited to come see what a new 24-panel solar installation looks like!

The City's Solarize campaign offers all residents and business owners the opportunity to install solar using a pre-selected contractor offering competitive pricing packages. With federal tax credits and various incentives from the State, standard rooftop systems pay back in just 6-9 years; after that the equipment is producing free solar power for another 20-30 years (with minor maintenance). By participating in the Solarize program, property owners receive about 15 percent off regular installation costs, and can reach project completion in just a few months (versus 6-12 months common when homeowners undertake their own research and bidding).  The City's campaign goal is 30-60 new installations by year's end and many residents are helping spread the word: over a dozen residential projects are already underway or complete.  

 

Interested residents should attend a simple 90-minute information workshop, after which they are eligible for a free site assessment.  Alternatives exist for partly-shaded roofs; custom low-interest loans are also available.  

An average Mercer Island installation will produce approximately 7,000 kilowatt hours of clean solar electricity per year. In Washington, this amount of power would normally release about 6,000 pounds of Carbon Dioxide equivalent into the atmosphere during its production. Thus, each Solarize installation will help the City move towards its greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Based on a program that began in Portland, Oregon, local non-profit Northwest SEED launched Solarize in Seattle in 2011, and since then has facilitated 500 new solar installations around the greater Seattle region; Solarize Mercer Island is their first campaign east of Seattle.

 

For more information on the City's Solarize campaign, click here.
Or contact City Sustainability Manager Ross Freeman with questions at (206) 275-7662.





 

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