The same group purchasing program that has brought solar power to hundreds of homes in North Seattle is gearing up to offer the same discounted deal to South Seattle neighborhoods. A few committed volunteers are needed to get the program up and running. From Solarize Washington:
Local non-profit Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (Northwest SEED) and Seattle City Light are seeking community volunteers for a new Solarize Seattle campaign in central and southeast Seattle area neighborhoods. Solarize Seattle is a community-driven initiative designed to streamline the process of going solar. The program uses an innovative neighborhood group purchase model to achieve discounts on solar electric system installations. Solarize campaign staff work with community groups, individual volunteers, and local solar installers to provide a streamlined process and free community workshops for participants.
To date, Northwest SEED has completed six Solarize campaigns including the Seattle neighborhoods of Queen Anne, Magnolia, Northeast Seattle, and Northwest Seattle. These campaigns have achieved discounts of up to 25 percent off the cost of a solar system and brought about the installation of over 200 residential solar installations in the region.
In order to launch the next Solarize campaign this summer, Northwest SEED is seeking to connect with residents and community groups of Montlake who want to see a Solarize campaign come to their neighborhood. Community volunteers play an integral role in the success of a Solarize campaign, taking the lead on contractor selection and community engagement. Participating neighborhoods will receive assistance from Northwest SEED to competitively select a solar installer, conduct neighborhood outreach and education, implement a series of free workshops, and facilitate the installation of solar PV systems.
The first volunteer orientation meeting will be held Thursday May 2 from 6-7:45pm at the Columbia City public library. Individuals interested in joining the upcoming Solarize campaign as a volunteer should contact Mia Devine at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-267-2213.