Port Orchard Independent


Solar campaign launched in Kitsap County

October 23, 2013 · Updated 12:41 PM

A community-based solar energy campaign, Go Solar South Kitsap, has been launched in the Bremerton and Port Orchard areas.

A collaboration between Community Solar Solutions and Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County, the campaign offers special pricing and convenient financing on solar. With the goal of substantially increasing the amount of solar in the South Kitsap area, the campaign will directly lead to solar energy systems going up on Habitat’s homes at its largest-ever building project in the county.

“This campaign offers special pricing for a special cause,” said Joe Deets of Community Solar Solutions, the Kitsap-based organization which is spearheading the effort. “We’ve designed a way for people to effectively reign in their electric bills with solar panels made in the state and all of the companies involved are pitching in to support Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County. It’s not only an excellent opportunity for South Kitsap homeowners and businesses to enjoy special campaign savings for going solar, it’s going to directly benefit Habitat for Humanity. The more people who go solar during the campaign the more solar panels will be put on Habitat homes at their new Harris Court Project in Port Orchard.”

Support for Habitat for Humanity’s Harris Court project is coming from several solar-based companies: Itek Energy of Bellingham is donating solar modules for every sale in the campaign; Sunmodo Corp. of Vancouver is donating racking components and Seattle-based Sunergy Systems is donating installation training.

“Habitat for Humanity has a long history of helping families build decent, energy efficient, and affordable homes,” said Daryl Daugs, executive director of the Kitsap County Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity. “Our Harris Court project is an example of why Habitat is the largest green builder in the U.S. It will be a beautiful neighborhood, with 32 energy efficient homes, solar energy, fruit trees, community gardens and sustainable landscaping.”

The four-month campaign will include four free educational workshops, two each in Bremerton and Port Orchard, and is offering free site assessments for homeowners and businesses that are interested in switching to solar. The first workshop is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 in the Norm Dicks Government Center.

The workshops will cover how  technology works in the Pacific Northwest, the financial incentives available to help reduce the up-front costs and the production incentives that pay you for the electricity that you produce. Those attending the workshops and decided to go solar can take advantage of the special- pricing made available.

Details can be found at www.GoSolarSouthKitsap.com.

A representative from Habitat for Humanity will be at each of the workshops.

For more details, visit www.gosolarwashington.com.


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