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Solarize Program Leads to 45 New Installations in 2018

Jan 18, 2019 - In the summer of 2018, the City launched its second Solarize Mercer Island campaign, which offered special group pricing on rooftop solar installation, using a community-selected contractor, Sphere Solar Energy.
Almost 200 people attended one of four free workshops to learn more, and half of them chose to arrange a free site assessment of their roof's solar potential. By the end of December, 45 Island households had installed (or contracted for) new solar arrays, and several are using them to refuel electric vehicles. 
By partnering with local citizens' group Sustainable Mercer Island and the regional non-profit Spark Northwest, solar capacity on the Island was increased by 50 percent (over 470 kilowatts) in just six months. Another 16 installations occurred independently in 2018, outside of the Solarize program.
Thanks to a federal tax rebate, group discounts, and solar energy incentives from the State (ending Jan 31), most arrays will pay off in about 7 years. Mercer Island now has 184 known solar installations, ranging from just a few panels to over 350 panels at two MI School District facilities
Read more about the City's range of solar programs at the latest numbers, Mercer Island's per capita solar generating capacity is three times that of other Eastside cities. 


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