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.

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Residential Solar Group Purchase

"Solarize" Campaigns

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.

The Merritt Manor low-income solar project, funded by Olympia Community Solar

A Track Record of Success

Aiming High

Our mission at Olympia Community Solar is to steward an equitable and accessible transition to clean energy.

Our Projects

Yelm Highway Nisqually Market Solar

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.

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Quixote Village Solar Project

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

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Thurgood Marshall Community Solar

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.

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Merritt Manor

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

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Media Island International

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

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Homes First

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

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Solarize Thurston 2021

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

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Hummingbird Community Solar

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

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Sunflower Community Solar

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

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Project Awards

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. 

Compare a private garden to a community garden with many plots. 

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.

Supported by Solar Industry Leaders:

Northwest Electric and Solar LLC

Northwest Electric and Solar LLC is a full-service Washington State commercial and residential electrical contracting company focusing on clean energy, including solar photovoltaic (PV), energy storage, electric vehicle charging, and energy efficiency.

Sunergy Systems

Founded in Seattle in 2005, Sunergy Systems is an employee-owned company specializing in the sales, design, and installation of solar electric and back-up energy storage systems for residential homes with over 2,500 solar installations for 15-megawatts of clean energy throughout the Puget Sound area. Our mission is to provide a world-class customer service experience and sustainable energy solutions and practices to protect the environment.

Puyallup Tribe of Indians

The people of the Puyallup Tribe have been known for “generous and welcoming behavior to all people who enter our lands.” Living off the waters of the Puyallup River fed by Mount Rainier, the Puyallup People fished, hunted, and traveled by these waters.

A&R Solar

A&R Solar installs solar for homes and businesses throughout Washington and Oregon. We proudly operate as a Certified B Corporation and are employee owned and operated.

PSCCU

Established in 1934 PSCCU is not only a not-for-profit, member-owned financial cooperative, but we have grown to become a proactive contributor to environmental sustainability, financial security for others, and job creation. PSCCU is proud to be Washington’s Green Credit Union!

Timberland Bank

Timberland Bank was founded in 1915 to serve the financial needs of communities in Western Washington. Over a century later, the commitment continues. We are proud to serve you and will continue to expand our services to meet the needs of our community.

Nisqually Tribe of Indians

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