Spark Northwest is in full swing and we are excited to share all our work in progress.
In Washington, we are assuring health and safety during power outages and emergencies for rural, remote, and Tribal communities by connecting partners to opportunities for fully funded feasibility studies, the first step needed for solar and battery backup systems. In partnership with the Spokane Tribe of Indians, we are supporting a crucial step for the Tribe’s economic development and energy security by developing a Strategic Energy Plan for the Tribe. Finally, we continue to work in partnership with seven regional municipalities, including King County and the City of Olympia, to support homeowners to switch to heat pumps by offering educational workshops and program-exclusive incentives.
In Oregon, we are supporting rooftop solar at no-cost for 15 Proud Ground families in Northeast Portland, a critical step in expanding solar to families living in affordable housing. On the policy front, we have been following closely the Oregon Republican boycott of the state Senate and actively engaging in advocacy to ensure urgent climate action will move forward, along with other bipartisan legislation. With so much at stake, we’re hopeful that the legislature will reconvene during a special session and carry out its duties.