OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee today proclaimed the cities of Bellevue, Edmonds, Kirkland, Mercer Island and Seattle “Northwest Solar Communities,” acknowledging their various initiatives that have increased residential solar installations by nearly 200% since 2013. Bellevue, Edmonds, Kirkland, Mercer Island, and Seattle have been recognized for increasing residential solar energy installations through reduced costs and streamlined permitting.
The Northwest Solar Communities program joined local governments, utilities, and solar industry stakeholders from Washington and Oregon to bring down the cost of solar for homeowners through actions such as simplifying and standardizing permitting and interconnection, and support for planning and financing. Read the full release.