Local Residents Tap the Energy of the Sun
Learn how PUD customers are generating electricity by tapping the energy from the sun during the PUD’s Solar Homes Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, October 2, 2010. The self-guided tour will feature more than a dozen homes in communities throughout Snohomish County and Camano Island. The event is being held in conjunction with the Green Everett Renewable Living Fair. For a complete list of homes on the solar tour, visit www.snopud.com/solarexpress.

“The solar tour is another example of how the PUD is promoting clean, locally-generated resources among our customers,” said PUD Board of Commissioners President Toni Olson. “We’re proud to be a leader in the development of renewable energy in the Pacific Northwest.”

The Green Everett fair will feature numerous speakers, children’s activities and informational booths covering topics such as neighborhood gardens, backyard chickens, low impact entertainment, cheap transportation and more. Visitors also will be able to exchange up to five incandescent light bulbs for free compact fluorescent light bulbs. The fair will be held at the PUD headquarters, 2320 California Street in Everett.

The PUD offers one of the most comprehensive solar energy programs in the Pacific Northwest. Through its Solar Express program local customers installed more than 40 solar projects last year. Up to 60 more projects are expected to be completed during 2010.

Solar Express Cash Incentives/Loans:
Under the PUD’s Solar Express, residential customers can qualify for up to $2,500 for solar photovoltaic systems and commercial customers can qualify for up to $10,000. All customers with electric hot water systems can qualify for a $500 incentive for solar hot water systems. Residential customers may instead opt for a 2.9% APR loan up to $25,000 for photovoltaic systems and up to $14,000 for solar hot water systems. Customers also may qualify for additional federal tax credits and annual state production incentives.

For more information, call the PUD Energy Hotline at 425-783-1700 or visit www.snopud.com.

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