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Solar energy program offering bulk-buying discounts

November 14th, 2012 · Comments

Another residential solar energy program is offering bulk-buying discounts in our neighborhood.

Go Solar Northwest will host a workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association. (This is a different program from Solarize Seattle: Northwest, which is another bulk buying discount program in the area that held an informational meeting at the PNA last week.)

Go Solar Northwest also is raising money for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The company will donate $150-$650 from every solar energy system purchased to the Red Cross. It’s also accepting online donations from the public.

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  1. Mike Perry says:

    Unfortunately, no organization can give Seattle what really matters to make solar viable–a decent amount of bright sunlight. The only months we have decent sunlight are the summer ones where the climate is mild and daylight lasts until almost 10 pm. And then we hardly need it.

    For us, solar power, coupled with reasonably large batteries, is only useful for quakes and snow storms when the power may be out for a week or longer. And thats only for providing a little lighting and to keep our cell phones and radios charged.

    The plus of that is that you can use that same system to charge your mobile devices year round, saving a trifle on your power bill.

  2. quercus says:

    That’s just absolutely not true. Seattle has more productive sun hours than Germany, which leads the world in solar production. We’ve got a rather small system, have a 6-7 year payback time, and cover about 65-70% of our yearly electric usage. Our meter ran backwards today while we were at work. Put the power back into the grid, and get paid for it.

  3. Whopper says:

    Most of our power in Seattle is renewable already.

    Seems like this is a waste of $.

  4. MikePhoto says:

    We have a solar hot water system, and just recently even bothered to turn on the supplemental boiler. Solar does work quite well in Seattle.