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One more week to get Solarized

April 23rd, 2012 by master

If you need a little more time to decide whether you’d like to participate in Solarize Seattle: Northeast, the deadline has been extended from today to next Monday, April 30. 

The program, which aims to help educate homeowners about solar power and contract for less expensive installation, will remain open for an extra week because of popular demand, according to a news release.

Already, 21 Northeast Seattle residents have contracted to install solar on their homes, and nearly 300 people have registered to participate. The program, which is a partnership between nonprofits Northwest SEED and Sustainable NE Seattle, hopes that by the end of summer more than 50 Northeast Seattle homes will have solar installed through the campaign.

If you live in the 98105, 98115 or 98125 ZIP codes, you can register at Need to learn more before signing up? There will be a workshop from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 4805 N.E. 45th St.

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Check out Solarize NE Seattle's first solar home

March 5th, 2012 by master

Solarize Northeast Seattle just started its campaign to help area homeowners add more-affordable solar panels at the start of this year, and already its got a home ready for installation of new solar panels.

On Wednesday, March 7, from noon to 1 p.m., you’re invited to learn more about the campaign and about solar panels at the celebration of the installment of a 21-panel, 3.99-kilowatt system at the just north of Maple Leaf on N.E. 115th St. From a new release about the installation, which is the first in this current campaign:

Solar installers from NW Wind & Solar will use a bucket truck to transfer material from ground-level to the roof, while representatives from Northwest SEED, Sustainable NE Seattle, A&R Solar, and NW Wind & Solar will be on hand to explain how the system works and provide a tour.

To date, more than 215 Northeast Seattle residents have registered to participate in Solarize Seattle: Northeast, a community effort designed to drive solar installations through a group purchase program. The campaign’s limited-time offer provides residents with a discounted price on solar and takes community members through a step-by-step process to purchase solar systems for their home or business. With the community leadership of Sustainable NE Seattle and Northwest SEED, the Solarize campaign intends to install more than 200 kilowatts of solar energy in Northeast Seattle by the summer of 2012 – enough annual energy to completely power 22 homes or 83 electric cars.

Residents residing in the 98105, 98115 and 98125 ZIP codes are eligible to participate, and you can learn more at the next Solarize Seattle: Northeast Workshop from 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Northgate Library, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E. Meetings are open to the public and do not require registration.

You also can learn more at the Solarize Northeast Seattle website, or contact Northwest SEED project coordinator Alexandra Sawyer at 206-457-5403 or

Editor’s Note: The name and address of the residence this event took place at has been removed at the homeowner’s request.

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Solar panel project begins tomorrow in Maple Leaf

January 16th, 2012 by master

With snow falling for the third day in a row and counting, it might seem like a weird time to learn about an initiative to educate Northeast Seattle residents about solar panels, and help them install the energy-saving systems more affordably.

But you’ve got some time to mull the details about the Solarize Seattle: Northeast project, which invites residents of the 98105, 98115 and 98125 ZIP codes to begin registering for the project starting tomorrow, Jan. 17. Registration, which allows residents to learn more information about adding solar panels but doesn’t require you to take any action, ends April 23.

As we wrote in the blog post “Solarize Seattle adding Northeast branch,” Solarize Seattle is a program of Northwest SEED that has teamed up with Sustainable Northeast Seattle in this project. Sustainable Northeast Seattle tells us: [Read more →]

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Want cheaper solar panels? Tour of Solar Homes is tomorrow

September 30th, 2011 by master

Although there still are a few months until Maple Leaf residents can start signing up to join the solar power co-op that will make a group bid for cheaper solar panel installation in the new year (see earlier post here), you’ve got a perfect opportunity to learn more about the process this weekend.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 1, you’re invited to join the Tour of Solar Homes, which includes a stop at the Maple Leaf home of Jessica Raker. In addition to having 14 3.4-kilowatt solar panels on the roof of her home at 10530 11th Ave. N.E., Raker also happens to be an employee of Northwest SEED, the organization that has teamed up with Solarize Seattle to help organize residents for this initiative.

Learn more about solar panels at the Raker home, at 10530 11th Ave. N.E. in Maple Leaf, during the Tour of Solar Homes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 1.

But don’t stop there. There are 11 Seattle homes taking part in the tour, and they’re all inviting you to take a gander at their solar panels and ask questions if anybody is home.

We’ll let you know when Solarize Seattle: Northeast gets a little closer to starting its initiative in our ZIP codes, or you can contact them for any upcoming alerts.

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Solarize Seattle adding Northeast branch

September 20th, 2011 by master

If you’ve thought about adding solar panels to your home but have been intimidated by the cost or knowledge needed to take advantage of the renewable energy source, Solarize Seattle is ready to help.

Learn more about solar panels at the Raker home, at 10530 11th Ave. N.E. in Maple Leaf, during the Tour of Solar Homes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 1.

Solarize Seattle, a program of Northwest SEED, has teamed up with Sustainable Northeast Seattle to help area residents learn more about solar energy, and is helping them add solar more affordably through a program specifically for residents of Northeast Seattle. From the Solarize Seattle website:

“Solarize Seattle: Northeast will guide you through the process, joining you with your neighbors to realize cost savings through the group purchase of solar panels. And the best part — it’s easy to understand and easy to participate in!”

Interested residents in the 98105, 98115, and 98125 ZIP codes will be asked to register at the start of the new year, but there are plenty of opportunities to learn more about solar power in the interim:

  • Solarize Seattle: Magnolia Workshop, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Magnolia Library: Join us to learn more about solar energy, the Solarize Seattle program, and how you can participate!
  • Tour of Solar Homes, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 1 at Umpqua Bank: Magnolia Branch and your neighborhood: Join energy enthusiasts across the country — take a free tour of the solar and energy efficient homes in your neighborhood!
  • Solarize Seattle: Magnolia Workshop, 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center,

Maple Leaf also has the added bonus of having an employee of Northwest SEED in the neighborhood: Jessica Raker, whose solarized home at 10530 11th Ave. N.E. (pictured at top of post) will be a part of the Oct. 1 Tour of Solar Homes. Although she may be working elsewhere that day, she says somebody will be there to talk about their solar panels and answer any questions during the tour. [Read more →]

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