Tacoma Power to build community solar project

Tacoma Power customers interested in investing in solar energy are invited to register online for Pierce County’s first community solar project.

The 75-kilowatt project aims to be a more affordable way to invest in solar energy, and does not require home ownership, a load-bearing roof, and the cost of installing solar panels, according to Tacoma Power officials. The project will feature solar panels and inverters manufactured in Washington State.

Tacoma Power customers who choose to invest in the project can purchase solar units for $100 each and receive an annual Washington State solar production incentive payment, as well as payment for the electricity produced from the project. The expected payback period is approximately four years, according to Tacoma Power officials. Washington State’s solar energy incentive is scheduled to end in 2020.

Customers who would like to participate in the program and buy solar units when they go on sale early next year are encouraged to register online today at tacomapower.com/communitysolar.

Last month, Tacoma Power published a legal notice in the Tacoma Daily Index seeking contractors for a $290,000 – $340,000 project to design and install a community solar panel at a warehouse owned by Tacoma Power (see “City of Tacoma Tacoma Public Utilities / Tacoma Power REQUEST,” Tacoma Daily Index, Sept. 11, 2015; and here).