Northwest Solar Communities develops standardized solutions to make the process of going solar simple, fast, and cost effective for customers and the jurisdictions and utilities that serve them. Rooftop solar installations in Washington are growing at a rate of over 30% annually, providing an ever increasing number of jobs, and a small but growing share of diversified clean energy. As residents and businesses increasingly choose to install solar electric systems, jurisdictions and utilities are searching for new systems to efficiently meet increased customer demand for permits and interconnection. Responding to this challenge, the Pacific Northwest Solar Partnership has convened a team of jurisdictions, utilities, industry partners, and citizen groups to develop and share solar best practices and create a regional network of Northwest Solar Communities.
Northwest Solar Communities envisions a future where rooftop solar installations are streamlined and standardized across a broad swath of the Pacific Northwest. Solar installers and homeowners would face consistent rules and processes across multiple jurisdictions and utilities, creating a more uniform market for rooftop solar installations and driving down costs. Where feasible, jurisdictions and utilities would share online permitting and interconnection solutions, enabling them to serve customers consistently and efficiently. As we share solutions, we can facilitate the cost-effective adoption of rooftop solar energy.