We are changing the way we think about, use, and create energy. NW Wind & Solar with over 39 years of experience is your source for developing customized solar electric systems and wind generators for homes and businesses.

We partner with you to analyze and develop a comprehensive plan that will harness wind power and solar power, while effectively integrating the usage of renewable energy into your existing electrical system.

Let us prepare a free, no-obligation wind and solar energy evaluation of your home or business and show you the benefits of reducing or eliminating your dependence on the grid.

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The Many Benefits of
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  • Reduce Your Electric Bills
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  • Increase Your Independence & Home Value
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  • Receive 30% of System Cost as Tax Credit
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Current Projects

Bringing Solar to Google campus
NW Wind & Solar has been awarded the solar design and installation project for Google’s Kirkland Campus expansion, Phase II. To assist Google in reaching minimum LEED Gold certification and reduction of operating costs, the solar energy system will feature Made in the USA components of the highest quality available today. The 60kW system will feature SolarWorld PV modules, SMA TriPower string Inverters and AET stainless steel racking.

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Solar Powered Car Wash on Mercer Island
In her previous career, Suzanne Skone—now owner of the Mercer Island Auto Spa—was a mechanical engineer helping build fossil-fueled power plants. That background gave her a good understanding of the benefits of installing solar on her new business, which became host to the 500th solar system installed through Solarize Washington in August 2014.

Read the story here.

Solarize Mercer Island!
NW Wind & Solar has been selected for our third Solarize Washington community campaign as solar designer & installer for Solarize Mercer Island! We are excited to work with the residents of Mercer Island to take advantage of this community investment in solar.

Northwest SEED who is partnering with the City of Mercer Island is currently seeking volunteers. Get more details here.

Taco Time Tacoma Going Solar

Solar PV is Breaking New Ground in Washington!

Solar, once solely the investment of early adopters and ultra green consumers, is now going mainstream. Tacoma’s Taco Time NW will be NW Wind & Solar's first solar-powered restaurant. Aligning well with Taco Time’s NW Fresh mission to incorporate local food sources in their menu, they've also chosen to use locally manufactured iTek solar panels (and installation company) to power their store. With an attractive return on investment, reduced operating costs, local materials and environmental stewardship, the decision of Taco Time NW owners to go solar with NW Wind & Solar is, simply, a sound business investment.

Sun Ridge - Issaquah Highlands
Ichijo USA awards NW Wind & Solar a contract for 35 single family homes starting construction this spring. Each home will be equipped with at least a standard 3.5kW PV array (122kW community total)!
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News

Evangelizing 'green': Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish adds solar panels

September 30, 2014
Written by: Brian LeBlanc
Published In: Local

SEATTLE - On the city's highest hill, solar panels are helping power a parish's multiuse facility - saving money and potentially putting cash back in the bank.

It's just one of many environmentally conscious initiatives in recent years at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in West Seattle, efforts that qualify it for an Energy Star certification from the Environmental Protection Agency.

"We're trying to lead by example," said Frank Handler, pastoral assistant for administration. As stewards of the environment, the parish community wants to show the benefits of thinking sustainably not only for it's neighborhood, but also to "evangelize green within the archdiocese." Handler said.

In September, two pole-mounted arrays of solar panels were installed at the Walmesley Center, a multiuse/gym building completed in 2012 and named after Father Jack Walmesley, the current pastor.

The panels face south, "high enough and at a right angle to optimize the sun that we get," Handler said. They are expected to provide enough energy to power most of the electrical needs of the center; any excess will be sold to Seattle City Light.

The $60,000 project included a $45,000 grant from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation's Solar 4R Schools program, plus $15,000 contributed by the parish and school. The grant process too more than two years, but was "absolutely worth doing," said parishioner Kathleen Sullivan, who prepared the application. She encourages other parishes and schools to consider applying.

As part of the grant, an interactive kiosk in the Walmesley Center will show how much power the panels are generating, and students at Out Lady of Guadalupe school will learn about solar energy as part of their science curriculum. It's "all about educating kids and the public about the benefits o solar power," Handler said.

Handler estimates the parish will pay off its investment in six years, based on anticipated energy-bill savings, the sale of any excess power and participation in a Washington state solar incentive program.

Environmental sustainability is at the center of the parish's master plan. Although Father Walmesley was a driving force behind the plan, "the green initiative came from the parishioners," he said. A variety of parish efforts are highlighted in an Energy Star brochure, from installing an energy-efficient boiler at the school, to reducing the use of plastic bottles and other disposable items on the parish campus.

Being "as environmentally friendly as possible" was the goal when building the Walmesley Center, Handler said. The Parish's next goal is gaining certification by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green-building program, which considers the number of sustainable construction practices used. The Walmesley Center encompasses many green features - from the bamboo flooring in the stage area to the auto-dimming interior lighting and energy-efficient appliances.

The new solar panels are a large and visible conversation starter for the parish and its neighborhood. "It's going to do exactly what it's meant to do," Sullivan said. "It give people something to think about and that'll be good for everybody."

The original version of this story said that Our Lady of Guadalupe had earned an Energy Star certification. While the parish has qualified for the certification, it has not yet submitted the paperwork to receive it.

Source: Northwest Catholic. All Rights Reserved.

NW Wind & Solar Featured in Solar Pro Magazine for Seattle Aquarium Solar Array

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July 9, 2014

For the First Time in History - Residential Solar Installations topped Commercial Installations

The good news in the solar industry just keeps getting better:

  • In the first quarter of 2014, 232MW of residential solar PV were installed over 225MW of commercial
  • 1/3 of the residential installations were completed in states without incentives
  • 74% of all new electric energy installed in the first quarter was solar
  • The year-over-year increase from first quarter 2013 was 79%, the second largest quarter for solar EVER!

Learn more about this here.

June 1, 2014

Solarize Mercer Island!

Power your home with solar to save money while producing clean, renewable energy and earn annual WA State solar production payments.

To learn more about this event, download this flyer.

June 1, 2014

World’s Largest Solar Photovoltaic Plant – Arizona

The United States has long been known for building at a scale previously never achieved: Hoover Dam was the world’s largest dam when it was completed, Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) was the world’s tallest building for decades and the Library of Congress remains the largest library in the world.

Today we add another innovation to that list, thanks in part to the Department’s Loan Programs Office. The Agua Caliente solar project, owned by NRG Energy, has come online and is now the world’s largest photovoltaic (PV) power plant. This facility has the capacity to generate 290 megawatts (MW) of solar electricity in Yuma County, Arizona. The Department provided a $967 million loan guarantee to the project.

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April 29, 2014

Support Jay Inslee’s Executive Order to limit carbon pollution

Last week, I issued an executive order that will engage a wide range of leaders from business, labor, and other groups to develop a market-based program to limit carbon and lead our state into a clean energy future -- a step that will set an example for other states and for leaders around the world.

I'm excited to work with state leaders to achieve this ambitious goal, but we know polluters will fight back at every turn and are willing to spend huge amounts of money in Washington to confuse the public and to win over our state leaders.

That's why I need your support now. By signing my petition, you can show that you're not just standing with me today -- you can show that you'll continue to fight for strict limits on carbon pollution, and beat back the opposition before they even get started.

Sign the petition here.

Daily Journal of Commerce: Puyallup longhouse uses solar to go net zero

Net Zero Energy Northwest Wind & Solar installed a 26-kilowatt photovoltaic solar system for phase two of the Puyallup Nation Housing Authority Longhouse, which provides 10 units of low-income housing on the tribe's northeast Tacoma campus.

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May 17, 2013

The New York Times: A Building Not Just Green, but Practically Self-Sustaining

When an office building here that bills itself as the world’s greenest officially opens later this month, it will present itself as a “living building zoo,” with docents leading tours and smartphone-wielding tourists able to scan bar codes to learn about the artfully exposed mechanical and electrical systems.
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April 2, 2013
NY Times article on Bullitt Center

PBS Newshour article: Seattle's Bullitt Center Bills Itself as "World's Greenest Office Building"

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PBS article on Bullitt Center

April 22, 2013

King5 Environment Northwest story: Inside the Bullitt Center, Earth's greenest building

On April 22 2013 King5 ran a story on the public opening of the Bullitt Center. Read more here:
King5 article on Bullitt Center

April 22, 2013

Daily Journal of Commerce Article Focuses on Improved Solar Panel ROI

The cost of solar panels has lowered increasing practicality for Northwest Wind and Solar's PV solar panel solutions. Western Washington's limited sunlight now does more using higher effiency photovoltaics (PV) solar panels. See why NW Wind and Solar's PV solutions make more sense for business.

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Improved ROI with Solar Article at Seattle DJC

February 28, 2013

Community Funded Grants for Planet Power

Snohomish PUD is, once again offering the Planet Power funding and grant program. This program is funded by customers of Snohomish PUD who support the expansion of renewable energy for and in their community.

Customers can donate a monthly amount added to their Snohomish PUD bill or they can make a onetime donation. More information is available here.

Community organizations who are interested in applying for the grant can get information here.

January 20, 2013

NW Wind & Solar project featured in the Daily Journal of Commerce

NW Wind & Solar customer Kemp West's installation profiled in the Daily Journal of Commerce. Read the full article. Improved ROI with Solar Article at Seattle DJC

November 9, 2012

NW Wind & Solar project featured on KING 5 News

KING 5 news recently did a report on the growing popularity of solar power in Western Washington, featuring one of our projects.
October 18, 2012

NW Wind & Solar Recognized for Excellence!

NW Wind & Solar was awarded the 2012 Excellence in Construction Award by Associated Builders and Contractors (http://www.abcwestwa.org/2.aspx) in the Alternative Energy Category for the zHome project.
April 17, 2012