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March 6, 2024

MEDIA CONTACT:
Emily Larson Kubiak
Sustainable Connections
EmilyK@sustainableconnections.org
(360) 647-7093 x113
www.sustainableconnections.org

Sustainable Connections Launches Solarize Whatcom

Sustainable Connections is excited to announce the launch of Solarize Whatcom, a new solar energy program available through July 4th. This program supports Whatcom County residents who are curious about installing solar panels on their homes and businesses. Interested participants can reserve their free solar assessment at Solarizewhatcom.org.

Installing solar on a home or business can seem daunting: from perceived costs to complicated technical details to figuring out which installers to choose. Solarize Whatcom is a solar group purchasing program in partnership with Olympia Community Solar, which aims to demystify the process. Olympia Community Solar’s previous Solarize programs around Puget Sound have resulted in over 250 solar installations.

In preparation for launching Solarize Whatcom, Sustainable Connections and Olympia Community Solar held a competitive bidding process to secure solar installers. They vetted contractors for equipment quality, business practices, and negotiated special pricing. The solar installers they decided to partner with are Western Solar, Truly Electric & Solar, Northwest Electric & Solar, and Blossom Solar. By purchasing solar in bulk and partnering with these trusted installers, Solarize Whatcom makes solar installation simple, secure, and accessible.

Interested participants can sign up for a free solar site assessment at solarizewhatcom.org. A solar installer will provide a site assessment of the home or business and provide a detailed solar proposal at the campaign’s discounted group rate. If participants choose to move forward with installation, the solar installer will schedule a date for the solar installation.

With net metering, solar customers can benefit from reduced energy bills. Net metering is an agreement between a customer and their utility that allows the customer to earn utility bill credits for any extra energy that flows back into the electrical grid. Customers can offset their electrical bill with solar, except for their fixed monthly customer charge.


About Sustainable Connections:

For the last twenty-two years, the Bellingham-based nonprofit Sustainable Connections has dedicated itself to leading the transition to a regenerative local economy. The Community Energy Challenge, a program of Sustainable Connections and Opportunity Council, has been helping local homes and businesses achieve their energy efficiency and renewable energy goals since 2009. Inquiries about Sustainable Connections can be sent to emilyk@sustainableconnections.org or (360) 47-7093 x113.

About Olympia Community Solar:

Guided by a mission to make clean energy more accessible, Olympia Community Solar is an Olympia-based nonprofit organization. They’ve received national recognition for their work to promote solar energy equity, and have helped hundreds of homeowners navigate installing solar. Inquiries about Olympia Community Solar can be sent to info@olysol.org or (360) 481-4020.

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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