Yelm Highway Nisqually Market Solar Project The next time you drive through Nisqually, keep an eye out for the brand-new solar energy system on the convenience store across from the Red Wind Casino. The Nisqually Market Solar Project includes 146 solar panels across the market shops, convenience storefront, and gas carport. A&R Solar designed and installed the 65 kilowatt system.
Growing Washington Solar One Community At A Time
Olympia Community Solar is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to steward an equitable and accessible transition to clean energy.
Residential Solar Group Purchase
Olympia Community Solar leverages our relationships in the solar industry to negotiate special solar installation and financing offers for local customers.
Customers access reduced cost solar installations, vetted contractors, and rely on our non-profit to serve as your solar advocate.
Our 2021 & 2022 Solarize campaigns resulted in 200 solar installations, $3.4 Million dollars of investment, all in the Puget Sound area!
Solar Project Development Services
Over the past five years our team has partnered with Tribes, Public Agencies, Non-profit organizations, and commercial entities to support their solar energy installations with grants.
Contact us to learn how we can support developing and funding your solar project.
A Track Record of Success
Our mission at Olympia Community Solar is to steward an equitable and accessible transition to clean energy.
Quixote Village Solar Project Quixote Communities began in 2007, with the protest of a city ordinance banning lying or sitting on sidewalks in downtown Olympia, WA, by Camp Quixote, a tent city. The tent city would be hosted by seven local churches in the next six years, but during this time, and with support from many, the idea of a
The Thurgood Marshall Community Solar Project Community Solar is a model of solar energy development where a group of people own and benefit from a single solar array. It’s a way to address barriers to solar access for: Renters & non-homeowners Those that cannot afford the cost of a residential solar installation Homes that are unsuitable for a solar installation.
Located in east Olympia, Merritt Manor is a low-income housing development with eighty two apartments. Thanks to our installation, each apartment will save about $260 dollars each year on energy. Reducing the energy burden of low-income families is a tangible way to reduce poverty and promote economic justice. This solar installation consists of 324 solar panels and will produce
In February 2021 the Olympia Community Solar team supported Media Island International to replace their roof and install a 9.3 kW solar photovoltaic system. Media Island International is a Black Led cultural, educational, and networking center whose focus is to support women of color in their leadership while working with other like-minded individuals and groups who do conscious social justice
Homes First has a mission to create and maintain healthy, safe, and affordable housing for low and moderate-income individuals and families. Homes First has served over 5,000 people since their founding. They own and/or manage 47 properties, annually providing over 275 tenants with respect, dignity, and support to ensure that they have every opportunity to be successful. Over the past
Have you considered installing solar energy? Residents and businesses of Thurston, Mason, Pierce, and Lewis Counties can access solar at prices below market rates, thanks to the Solarize group-purchasing program. The program supported 129 Thurston County homes and businesses to install clean energy in 2021! What Is Solarize? Solarize is a group purchasing model used throughout the country to reduce costs
Community Solar is a model of solar energy development where a group of people own and benefit from a single solar array. It’s a way to address the barriers to solar access that face: Renters & non-homeowners Those that cannot afford the cost of a residential solar installation Homes that are unsuitable for a solar installation. Hummingbird Project Located
Community Solar is a model of solar energy development where a group of people own and benefit from a single solar array. It’s a way to address barriers to solar access for: Renters & non-homeowners Those that cannot afford the cost of a residential solar installation Homes that are unsuitable for a solar installation. The Sunflower Community Solar Project The
Common Questions About Community Solar
Community solar overcomes barriers to solar energy.
Despite the advantages of solar energy, a vast majority of Washingtonians lack access to it. Washington’s 3.2 million renters, 700 thousand low-income residents, multifamily housing residents, and families living in shaded or old homes are unable to access rooftop solar. Nationally, Greentech Media estimates that 77% of households are left out of the rooftop solar industry, and are unable to access the benefits of solar.
Our Residential Solarize program will reopen in March 2024.
We currently do not have a community solar offering available.
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Community solar projects are group owned, split into affordable units. Each participant or donor purchases units to help pay for the solar project. The Olympia Community Solar team develops and maintains the system for you.
Residential solar projects are privately owned by a homeowner, reducing their electric bills. The Olympia Community Solar team supports homeowners to invest in solar with our Solarize Program.
Washington residents, businesses, and nonprofits can all participate in our community solar projects.
Anybody can donate to our projects or organization through our support page.
No, we’re a board directed non-profit team that develops community solar projects, supports project participants, and provides project administration.
We’ve supported homeowners, businessowners, public entities, nonprofits, Tribes, and policymaker to learn about, promote, and contract local solar projects.