Solar home projects booming in Western Washington

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by GARY CHITTIM / KING 5 News

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Posted on October 17, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 17 at 5:38 PM

MUKILTEO, Wash. -- Snohomish PUD customers have doubled it over the last three years. Seattle City Light customers doubled it one project.  We're talking about the rate of home solar projects, which are heating up in Western Washington.

Workers are busy on the roof at Michael McEachern’s house in Mukilteo this week. McEachern said he decided it was time to take advantage of the most dependable energy source and is enjoying some local and national incentives to get it done.

Northwest SEED, a non-profit group that supports solar energy, is helping form energy clusters, groups of neighbors who can get discount costs from solar panel installers by creating solar neighborhoods. Programs in Seattle and Camano Island have been very popular. Another project will begin open at the end of the month.

Snohomish PUD, Seattle City Light and several other utilities are offering incentives to people who install solar panels that feed energy back into the grid.

Here’s a breakdown of Snohomish PUD’s incentives:

* Residential customers can qualify for up to $2,500 for solar photovoltaic systems and commercial customers can qualify for up to $10,000.

* All customers with electric water heaters can qualify for a $500 incentive on solar hot water systems.

* Residential customers may instead opt for a 2.9% APR loan up to $25,000 for photovoltaic systems and up to $14,000 for solar hot water systems.

* Customers may also qualify for additional federal tax credits and state production incentives.

Find more information on the NW Seed website.

 

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