Community Solar is a different model for solar energy. Instead of putting a solar array on an individual home, which requires home ownership, the right sunny location, a load bearing roof and fairly large upfront investment, Community Solar brings together a group of participants to build one larger solar array.
The Production Snapshot has moved.
After an overwhelming interest in Community Solar, PUD 1 moved forward with project here at the PUD warehouse. The site location was chosen for its solar exposure, visibility and cost-effective proximity to existing electrical infrastructure. The arrays were installed ahead of schedule and the project began generating electricity to the PUD 1 electric grid in April of 2016 ahead of schedule.
We had 121 participants in the 19.25 kW project. For the life of the solar projects (estimated to be 20 years) participants will receive an annual bill credit for the percentage of energy generated. Through the year 2020, participants will also receive a generous Washington State Production Incentive specifically for Community Solar, which is double the incentive for personal systems on a single home.
The PUD would like to thank all the customers who registered to participate, in addition to Bonneville Environmental Foundation for their support in planning the project and South Sound Solar for all of their continued support and follow up on the quality of the equipment and data reporting.