Port Orchard to Gig Harbor solar project launches

Registration has opened for The Port Orchard to Gig Harbor Solar Project, an innovative group purchase project aimed at helping Southeast Kitsap Peninsula residents and businesses save time and money in the process of going solar.

The Port Orchard to Gig Harbor Solar Project (POGH) is the second campaign of The Cascadia Solar Project (, whose mission is to jumpstart and dramatically increas

e the number of PV installations around the Puget Sound, especially in neighborhoods where few installations currently exist. The project provides a streamlined process for residents and small businesses to register, learn, and purchase solar systems as a group. All systems will use Made-In-Washington modules and inverters, and all participants will receive the same low $/watt price. The only major variables will be system size and whether or not the customer wants financing.

Vashon-based Artisan Electric Inc. will be the project manager for the campaign, and is currently collaborating with members of community groups in Port Orchard and Gig Harbor to get the word out. Additional partners include Silicon Energy, a Marysville-based solar module and inverter manufacturer, and Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union (PSCCU), a local credit union that provides solar financing in the Puget Sound region

Registration for the limited-time campaign is open to residents and businesses east of Highway 16 from Port Orchard to Gig Harbor, as well as areas west of Hwy 16 south of Purdy. Free educational workshops will be held throughout the area, beginning with the Gig Harbor Library on October 20th and the Port Orchard Library on October 27th. All participants in the project will receive free solar site assessments. The group intends to install over 100 kilowatts of solar energy in the area by summer of 2012.

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For recent solar installations as part of the WSSP, the inaugural Cascadia Project, visit the 2012 National Solar Tour on October 6th where over 100 Puget Sound sites will be featured

About Artisan Electric Inc.: Founded in 2007, Artisan Electric is a full service residential and commercial electrical contractor specializing in solar PV design and installation.

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