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Rooftop solar installations in the Northwest are growing at a rate of over 30% annually, providing an ever increasing number of jobs, and a growing share of diversified clean energy. As residents and businesses increasingly choose solar, jurisdictions and utilities are searching for new systems to efficiently meet increased customer demand for permits and interconnection. Responding to this challenge, Northwest Solar Communities, a coalition of jurisdictions, utilities, industry partners and citizen groups, is working together to make rooftop solar electricity more cost-effective for all.
The original coalition grew out of the Evergreen State Solar Partnership (ESSP, see below), led in partnership with the Washington Department of Commerce under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Rooftop Solar Challenge program, a nationwide effort to reduce the “soft costs” associated with installing rooftop solar electricity. Northwest Solar Communities is working under the U. S. Department of Energy’s Rooftop Solar Challenge II program.
Northwest Solar Communities is Phase 2 of the project that began with the Evergreen State Solar Partnership.
Rooftop solar installations in Washington are growing at a rate of over 30% annually, providing an ever increasing number of jobs, and a small but growing share of diversified clean energy. As residents and businesses increasingly choose to install solar electric systems, jurisdictions and utilities are searching for new systems to efficiently meet increased customer demand for permits and interconnection. Responding to this challenge, a team of four jurisdictions, utilities, and industry partners, has come together to develop standardized solutions to make the process of going solar simpler, faster, and more cost effective for customers and the jurisdictions and utilities that serve them.
Led by the WA Department of Commerce and our organization, the ESSP team was strategically chosen to represent Washington’s diverse regulatory and market environment. The team includes the cities of: Seattle, Bellevue, Edmonds, Ellensburg; and their load serving utilities: Seattle City Light, Puget Sound Energy, Snohomish Public Utility District, Ellensburg Electric Services Utility. Facilitation partners, Solar Washington and Sustainable Connections are also key members of the team. Together, the jurisdictions represent 12% of Washington State’s population while their load serving utilities serve over 60% of the Washington State population.
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