Solarize Yakima Workshops

People living in Yakima who are interested in installing solar panels as part of the Solarize Yakima campaign are invited to attend one of three workshops in order to qualify for a free site assessment and a group discount on installation costs.  The campaign is a partnership between the City of Yakima and Spark Northwest, a non-profit committed to accelerating a shift to clean energy one community at a time.

The next workshop is 6:00 pm on Wednesday, September 25th at the Henry Beauchamp, Jr. Community Center (1211 S. 7th Street). The September 25th workshop will be conducted in Spanish. It will last about 90 minutes. Click https://solarizenw.org/event/solarizado-del-yakima/ to register for the workshop.

Personas que viven en Yakima y estén interesadas en instalar paneles solares como parte de la campaña Solarize Yakima, son invitadas a asistir a un taller gratuito con el fin de calificar para una evaluación de sitio y un descuento de grupo en los costos de instalación.  La campaña es una asociación entre la ciudad de Yakima y Spark Northwest, una organización sin fines de lucro que se dedica en acelerar un cambio a la energía limpia una comunidad a la vez.

El próximo taller será en español y se llevará a cabo a las 6:00 pm el miércoles 25 de septiembre en el Henry Beauchamp, Jr. Centro Comunitario (1211 S. 7th Street).  El taller durará unos 90 minutos.

Las personas pueden registrarse para el taller haciendo clic en este enlace: https://solarizenw.org/event/solarizado-del-yakima/

The third and final workshop is Thursday, October 24th at the Yakima County 1st Street Conference Room (223 N. 1st Street) at 6 pm, lasting about 90 minutes. Click https://solarizenw.org/campaigns/2317/ to register for the workshop.

“Many people don’t realize that the price of solar has dropped over 50% in the past five years, so going solar is more achievable than you might think,” said Jill Eikenhorst, Spark Northwest Project Manager.

A volunteer committee is currently undergoing a competitive process to select a local solar installer to provide group purchase installations during the Solarize Yakima campaign. Participants in the campaign will be eligible for the group discount in addition to a federal tax incentive for the installation of solar energy.

That incentive, however, won’t be around for long. A federal tax credit will step down in value beginning in 2020, from 30% of the installation cost this year to 26% for systems installed next year.

The Solarize Yakima campaign is part of the Solar Plus initiative, a three-year joint effort led by the Washington State Department of Commerce and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies office, and is intended to develop strategies for increasing solar energy and modernizing energy infrastructure. 

Spark Northwest was founded in 2001 and, through renewable energy projects and policy reform, envisions a region powered by clean energy.