City Launches a Second Solarize Mercer Island Campaign
June 8, 2018 - Due to popular demand, the City of Mercer Island has launched its second Solarize Mercer Island campaign in four years. Solarize is an innovative group purchase program that helps residents and businesses tap into more affordable solar energy. Building on the success of the previous solar campaign in 2014, which led to almost 50 new installations, the City is partnering with the citizens' group Sustainable Mercer Island and the local non-profit Spark Northwest to work with a community-selected, qualified solar installer.
For residents that have been contemplating rooftop solar, or for those that missed out last time, now is the time to act:
The first step is to attend a free workshop to learn more and qualify for a FREE site assessment of your roof's potential. Workshop dates are as follows:
- Solar is more cost-effective than ever before
- Qualify for 30% federal tax rebate (until Dec 2019)
- Receive a time-limited, group purchasing discount
- Generous WA state incentives are expiring soon!
Workshop registration is handled at this partner website. Look for Solarize outreach booths this summer at the Farmers Market (June) and Summer Celebration (July).
- Tues, June 26 -- 6:30-8:00pm
- Weds, July 18 -- 6:30-8:00pm
- Sat, Sept 15 -- 10:00-11:30am
- Tues, Oct 9 -- 6:00-7:30pm
For more information, or to read more about the City's range of solar programs visit www.mercergov.org/SolarPower, or Email Ross Freeman, Sustainability Manager.
In January 2018, the City of Mercer Island received national SolSmart Gold designation for meeting stringent and objective criteria targeting removal of obstacles to solar development and indicating that it is “open for solar business.” Gold status in particular indicates a lack of procedural obstacles such as long permitting waiting times or burdensome zoning regulations.
Mercer Island has a greenhouse gas (GHG) target of 80% reduction by 2050, and renewable energy is an important part of the suite of community actions that can help reach that goal. Most standard residential solar installations do not need a building permit, just a simple electrical permit which takes a few minutes to receive in person at City Hall.