Solar Energy Programs


Solarize Northwest

Our Solarize participants have installed solar panels on over 1,000 rooftops across Washington and Oregon, saving communities over $450,000 per year! Powered by Spark Northwest, this innovative group purchase program is proving that communities can come together to create resiliency and support the local solar economy through clean energy installations. Learn more about Solarize here.

Access Solar

In the past few years, solar installations have quintupled in Washington State, and the incentives that spurred this phenomenal growth have gone overwhelmingly to early adopter homeowners. Our Access Solar program aims to deliver solar energy benefits for low and moderate income families. Spark Northwest is working with Seattle housing providers, lending partners, utilities, and local foundations to slice through the complexities of affordable housing finance and get solar on multifamily housing.

Solar Plus

Solar Plus convenes stakeholders from utilities, regulators, the Washington State Energy Office, the Oregon Department of Energy, the solar industry and environmental justice organizations to scale up solar and provide greater access. Solar Plus looks beyond energy generation to additional solar value streams, through three main focus areas:

  • Deploying more community shared solar projects in the region
  • Creating opportunities for increased resilience and access to solar for low-income communities
  • Promoting workforce and economic development strategies that reach every community

Learn more about Solar Plus here.

Community Solar

The Pacific Northwest has been a pioneer in developing community (or shared) solar projects with programs spanning across the region. Spark Northwest helps communities and utilities develop programs that offer renters, low income residents and other customers the opportunity to reap the benefits of solar without having to own as sytem on their roof. Learn more about this growing segement of the solar industry.

SolSmart Communities

Spark Northwest is building on the work of Northwest Solar Communities and supporting six jurisdictions to win SolSmart recognition for streamlined permitting, planning, codes and zoning. Learn more about the national designation program here.

Northwest Solar Communities

Spark Northwest, the WA Department of Commerce State Energy Office, and other partners have helped increase access to solar across the Pacific Northwest. Over the 2.5 year program, we quintupled the amount of solar in Washington State! Funded by the US DOE SunShot Rooftop Solar Challenge, Northwest Solar Communities streamlined four action areas: Permitting, Interconnection, Financing, and Planning. Work groups developed tools and templates that can be easily adopted by communities to make solar easier and more cost effective for those they serve.

Working With You

Attend an Event

Spark Northwest provides educational events to community members to support renewable energy project development.

Have an Idea?

Got a project idea ready? We may be able to assist with your community project. Click below to see what services we offer!

Find More Resources

Spark Northwest provides publications, guidebooks and web tools that help communities pursue clean energy projects.