About Northwest Solar Communities

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 Northwest Solar Communities strives to reduce the “soft costs” of going solar by:

  • Standardizing the permitting and interconnection processes.
  • Creating business certainty for solar PV deployment across a broad area.
  • Facilitating the adoption of solar financing options to make solar energy affordable for all.

We are a coalition of jurisdictions, utilities, industry partners and citizen groups. The coalition works under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Sunshot InitiativeRooftop Solar Challenge program to reduce the “soft costs” associated with installing rooftop solar electricity.

Get on the map! Click here to see how your jurisdiction can be recognized as a Northwest Solar Community. See which communities were recognized in 2015.

Read more about the solar landscapes in Washington and Oregon.

Visit our Partner page to learn more about the project teams.

Here is a summary of the Northwest Solar Communities effort.