Northwest Electric and Solar values connections in the community. Through education and collaboration, we work with others toward a sustainable clean energy future for all. We are actively involved with the following organizations.
Solar Power, Renewable Energy
Solar Washington, a statewide nonprofit, sponsors the annual Solar Summit which brings together all aspects of solar including installers, manufacturers, equipment suppliers, utilities, state agencies, project developers, financiers and lenders.
NWES has long been a top-level sponsor of the annual Solar Summit in recent years that brings together stakeholders including manufacturers, installers, utilities, municipalities, legislators/policy makers, educators, students, tribal members, advocacy organizations, nonprofits, distributors, engineers, financial lenders and consultants to share ideas and plans for the future of solar in Washington state.
Washington Solar Energy Industries Association (WASEIA) is a professional trade association established to be a unified voice for the common business interests of its members related to public policy, legislation, and governmental relations. WASEIA educates legislators and regulators while promoting public understanding about the impacts of policies related to solar energy inside our state. Previously known as Solar Installers of Washington.
Northwest Electric and Solar was selected installer for:
- North Shore Utility District (2020) in Kenmore
- Solarize Bellevue (2015) in partnership with Pacific NW Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) and the City of Bellevue, resulting in 48 systems installed
- Solarize Kirkland (2015, 2016) in partnership with Pacific NW Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) and the City of Kirkland, resulting in 41 systems installed
- Solarize Shoreline (2017) in partnership with City of Shoreline, Shoreline Community College, Shoreline Solar Project, resulting in 16 systems installed
- Solarize Issaquah (2018) in partnership with the City of Issaquah Office of Sustainability, resulting in 17 systems installed
#SolarStrongWA is an ongoing effort to preserve and improve solar policy in Washington State to help keep the momentum going for clean solar energy. Sign up to receive updates and action alerts, especially during the legislative session in Olympia. Join the movement to keep solar energy moving forward in our state!
Solarize Washington, sponsored by Spark Northwest, uses a neighborhood by neighborhood approach to community scale solar energy. In the Solarize model, a group of local residents creates an educational campaign for neighbors to go solar together. A volunteer committee selects a solar installer and that contractor gives participants a group purchase discount.
Northwest Electric and Solar has installed hundreds of projects across the region meeting all utility standards and requirements resulting in hundreds of satisfied customers. Each utility offers unique incentives for electric vehicle charging, energy efficiency upgrades, solar panels (solar energy), battery storage or other types of electrical improvements. Please explore your utility's webpages to learn more. You can count on Northwest Electric and Solar's expert electricians to get your job designed, permitted and inspected.
Lending Institutions for Green Projects
Two statewide credit unions specialize in zero-down solar loans. Financing is readily available from these institutions who specialize in solar, energy efficiency and EV loans for residential and commercial projects. You can fill out the loan application online. We will provide you with needed technical details. Upon your approval, they can send your down-payment directly to us. Secure online signatures are used. Contact the experts at PSCCU (Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union (at 800-273-1550) or Generations Credit Union (at 800-672-7211). The loan is between you and the lender.
Local Charities we have supported
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Redmond whose work improves the bodies, minds, and spirits of children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted therapies and activities. Little Bit is now one of the largest nationally accredited, industry-leading PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International centers and one of the largest full-time therapeutic horsemanship programs in the United States. In early 2019, NWES will donate and install a starter solar system with room for expansion when Little Bit’s financial resources allow.
Friends of Youth in Kirkland was selected by Solarize Kirkland participants in 2016. Friends of Youth was able to raise additional funds to double the size of the donated solar power system. In 2018, Solarize Issaquah participants selected Friends of Youth Issaquah to receive a donated solar system. Both of these systems were donated by NWES and then expanded by dollars raised by Friends of Youth. .
Friendship Adventures in Kirkland is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of people with developmental disabilities by providing social, recreational and educational activities in a safe, engaging environment. NWES Office Manager Jeramy teaches cooking classes and serves on the Board of Directors. NWES has supported a variety of Friendship events for many years.
Northwest Eco Building Guild is a community of builders, designers, suppliers, homeowners and partners concerned with the ecological impact of building in the Pacific Northwest. The Guild sponsors the annual Green Home Tour and offers educational resources and presentations.
Green Canopy Homes builds net zero energy homes in the Seattle and Portland areas. Their beautiful homes are net zero energy because they are highly energy efficient (good insulation, passive solar light and heat, LED lights, ductless heat pumps) and they have rooftop solar systems that generate sufficient electricity over the course of the year to offset a whole year of usage. The experts at Green Canopy are brilliant at designing rooftops that are ready for solar. Check out the houses they have done and learn more about their philosophy at their website.