Whatcom 1000 Solar Rooftop Project (Washington)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Washington

Name Whatcom 1000 Solar Rooftop Project
Incentive Type Local Loan Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Residential, General Public/Consumer, Nonprofit
Eligible Technologies Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics
Active Incentive No

Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Maximum Incentive 5,000

Terms low interest for 25 years
Program Administrator Next Generation Energy Cooperative
Website http://www.whatcom1000.org/
Date added to DSIRE 2001-08-24
Last DSIRE Review 2003-04-03

References DSIRE[1]


This revolving loan fund makes solar electric systems (grid-tied photovoltaic solar panels and solar thermal hot water systems) affordable to home and business owners in Whatcom and Skagit Counties, Washington. The Whatcom 1000 Solar Rooftop Project makes funds available at a low interest rate for up to a 25-year loan repayment period. The maximum loan per site is $5,000. The loan is funded from private, individual, foundation, and government contributions.

The loan can be used for single family housing, multiple family housing, family-owned farms, and business owners. Participants must own the property where the system will be installed. There must be adequate solar exposure over a four-season period. The installation location must be in Whatcom or Skagit County. There must be existing utility service. The existing electrical system must be able to pass inspection. Participants must be willing to sign the net metering agreement with Puget Sound Energy.

Pilot systems have already been installed at the Community Food Co-op, Whatcom County Senior Center, and Whatcom County Park, and additional systems will be installed at other locations.

The Whatcom 1000 Solar Rooftop project will advocate, site, finance, and install 1000 solar rooftop projects by December 31, 2010. The project could produce more than 1 Mw/hour of electricity and offset 65 million pounds of smog and greenhouse gases over the next 25 to 50 years. The project will use education to shift the community’s thinking toward using renewable power generating systems.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Jeffrey Utter
Department Next Generation Energy Cooperative
Division Whatcom 1000 Solar Rooftop Project
Address 1101 Harris Avenue, Suite 27

Place Bellingham, Washington
Zip/Postal Code 98225
Phone (360) 756-0425

Email jeffrey@ngecoop.com
Website http://www.whatcom1000.org

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"