Snohomish PUD Awards Mini-Grants for Energy Projects at Schools

snohomish-county-pud-logo.png(February 9, 2016) - Budding young scientists and engineers will get a boost this year with help from Snohomish County PUD. Local students will soon be assembling Snap Circuits and racing solar cars. They’ll learn about energy transformations and water turbines. The PUD recently awarded 13 mini-grants for science-related educational projects in several local school districts. The grants help schools incorporate energy and water education into their curriculum. View the recipients from 2015-2016 (PDF).

Solar PV Systems Increase in 2015

2015-Annual-Solar-PV-Systems-Washington.pngFebruary 4, 2016) Solar Washington has provided a chart of the number of added solar systems each year courtesy of Phil Lou, Solar Energy Specialist from the Washington State University Energy Program. Note that the Y-axis refers to #. (The 2015 bar is systems installed in 2015, not total systems in operation in 2015). View the full size chart (PDF).

Congress extends the Federal ITC

Lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate passed a spending package on December 18, 2015 that included multi-year extensions of solar and wind tax credits, plus one-year extensions for a range of other renewable energy technologies.

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Participants and Mason PUD 3 Dedicate the County’s First Shared Solar Project

(SHELTON, WA)-Participants joined with community leaders Tuesday, December 21, 2015 at Mason PUD 3's Shelton headquarters to dedicate Mason County’s first shared solar energy project.

The 75-kilowatt project is located at PUD 3’s Johns Prairie operations center. Approximately 110 PUD customers will be reaping benefits of energy produced by the solar array, a Washington State Production Incentive, and federal tax credits. It will generate enough electricity to power seven Mason County homes.

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SnoPUD Customers’ Solar Energy Generation Tops Five Megawatts

Everett, WA – Solar energy is shining bright among Snohomish County Public Utility District customers. Nearly 800 customers now have solar electric (photovoltaic or “PV”) systems on their roofs for a total generating capacity of 5 megawatts. In the past year, solar energy capacity has increased nearly 70 percent.

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A&R Solar Named One of Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2015 Washington’s Best Workplaces

Story by Jennifer Amend

A&R Solar ( was named a finalist in the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Washington’s Best Workplaces 2015. The company was founded in Seattle in 2007 by Andy Yatteau and Reeves Clippard as one of the first solar energy installation ventures in Washington State.

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Number of PSE Electric Customers with Solar Arrays Now Tops 3,000

From Puget Sound Energy Press Release
BELLEVUE, Wash. (June 24, 2015) – Even with a reputation of gray skies in western Washington, solar energy works. More and more Puget Sound Energy electric customers are turning to solar arrays to help generate clean, renewable energy at their homes, businesses and public buildings. As of this week, that number hit 3,000.
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