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Spark Northwest provides educational events to community members to support renewable energy project development.
Spark Northwest accelerates the shift to clean energy one community at a time. Our programs make affordable, locally-controlled clean energy more accessible for all.
Spark Northwest recognizes that energy conservation and efficiency are presently the most powerful tools in our transition to a clean energy future. In all of our projects we strongly encourage communities to first evaluate energy efficiency solutions before considering generation through renewable energy technologies.
A critical component to implementing successful projects is community awareness, interest and capacity to undertake energy efficiency and conservation initiatives. We equip communities with the tools needed to conduct energy planning, implement energy-saving measures, and organize community members through collective action campaigns.
Energize replicates our Solarize program model, pairing education about energy-efficient home heating systems, ductless heat pumps (DHP), with a group purchase. Over the course of six campaigns from Klickitat County, Washington, to Rogue County, Oregon, we have educated 740 families and spurred installations in 250 homes, saving residents almost $50,000 a year in home energy costs. Beyond our direct impact, Energize has jumpstarted the market for rural heating and cooling companies, creating 11 new green jobs.
Interested in starting an Energize campaign in your community? Contact Jill at sparknorthwest.org
Got a project idea ready? We may be able to assist with your community project. Click below to see what services we offer!
Spark Northwest provides publications, guidebooks and web tools that help communities pursue clean energy projects.