2014 Mini-Grants Push One Megawatt of PV!
Seven communities across Oregon and Washington hosted solar education and group purchasing programs in 2014, with mini-grants and training from Northwest Solar Communities. Click here for a table showing the results.
(For a 2015 Application, see the grant opportunity announcement.)
Solarize Mercer Island nearly tripled solar capacity in the community, engaged
hundreds of citizens, seeded a community solar array on City Hall, and now
serves as a model project for King County-Cities Climate Collaboration. 297 kW installed!
Solarize Bellevue educated over 300 citizens, more than doubled Bellevue’s installed solar, and won an installer donation at the Boys and Girls Club for exceeding their stretch goals! 268 kW of clean energy generation!
With support from Snohomish PUD, Edmonds hosted a Solarize campaign as part of Solarize South County. Their new online permitting system made the rush of permits simple to process. 140 kW added!
4. GO! Solar
Gorge Owned (GO!) promoted residential solar systems in Oregon & Washington in Hood River, Wasco and Klickitat counties along both sides of the Columbia Gorge. They made a video that continues to educate homeowners about how to go solar.
5. Seeds for the Sol – Innovative Financing for Community Solar
This grant helped implement an innovative financing program. Seeds for the Sol assists low-income homeowners in getting solar power for their homes and allows other community members to invest in homes where solar is installed. In this project, they partnered with Habitat for Humanity to get solar installed on two new homes.
6. Rogue Solar
RHT Energy Solutions and Rogue Valley Council of Governments (RVCOG) will deploy this community-based project to help residents and businesses in Jackson and Josephine Counties in Oregon overcome the logistical and financial obstacles of going solar.
The Oregon Rural Action (ORA) Solarize Snake River Valley program is in the Idaho Power service area, so our funding for 2014 will reach into WA and now into Idaho.