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September 2011 - The Edmonds Community Solar Cooperative launched its community solar program with the first-phase 4.2 kilowatt (kW) PV solar panel installation atop the Frances Anderson Center. The second-phase of installation, to be completed in 2012, will raise the total system capacity to 75 kilowatts.

Snohomish County Public Utility District members may purchase 9.5 year memberships in the Edmonds Community Solar Cooperative for $1,000 each. Each membership unit, known as a SunSlice, represents $1,000 of installed solar capacity at the center. SunSlice members will receive an average of $100 per year in incentives and cash rewards, allowing members to recoup investment costs throughout the membership period.

Additional Information - Edmonds a leader in conservation after recent honors

Additional Information - Shining moment for Edmonds solar coop as panels installed on Frances Anderson Center roof

September 2004 - Puget Sound Energy, Snohomish County Public Utility District and Tacoma Power announced that the three utilities have together garnered more than 4,300 new green pricing customers as a result of a joint, 10-week public information campaign. The campaign, which kicked off on April 15th, involved television ads, the Internet and permission-based email, coupled with utility bill inserts and free coffee products from Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters. Other partners in the outreach campaign included Belo Marketing Solutions, which coordinated the media efforts, and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation.

News Release - "I Want My GPT!" (Green Power Too) Say Thousands of Puget Sound-Region Utility Customers - Results of Recent Green Power Public Information Campaign Confirm: Utility Green Power Programs are Working, Wanted and Worthwhile

April 2004 - Puget Sound Energy, Snohomish County Public Utility District, and Tacoma Power have teamed on the development of a public information campaign to encourage electricity customers to purchase green power. The integrated campaign combines television, Internet, permission-based e-mail, and utility bill inserts to increase consumer awareness of and customer signups for the utilities' green pricing programs.

Program participants pay a modest premium, usually $3 to $6 a month, to support the generation of new renewable energy in the Pacific Northwest. The campaign was conceived from market research indicating that customer interest in green power is very high but awareness of the utility programs is low. The campaign is designed to reach more than two-thirds of western Washington's population. Olympia-based Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters, which purchases green power to supply its own operations, will contribute coffee and mugs to the first 3,000 customers who sign up in response to the campaign. The Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) is also a campaign partner.

News Release - Puget Sound Region's Electric Utilities Give Green Light to Green Power Campaign

Puget Sound Energy Contact: Mike Richardson, (425) 456-2839
Snohomish PUD Contact: Bob Nicholas, (425) 783-1778
Tacoma Power Contact: Mark Aalfs, (253) 502-8939
BEF Contact: Tom Starrs (503) 248-1905

December 2001 - Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) announced plans to launch a voluntary green power program for its 260,000 residential and business customers beginning in January 2002. Under the Planet Power program, Snohomish customers can purchase 150-kWh blocks of electricity generated from renewable sources for an additional $3 per month, or 2.0¢/kWh. Each block represents about 15% of an average residential customer's monthly usage. There is no limit on the number of blocks that can be purchased and customers can sign up or discontinue their participation at any time. To supply the program, Snohomish has contracted with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation to purchase 0.5 average megawatts of power that will come primarily from new wind projects in the Pacific Northwest.

All Washington-based utilities are required to offer their retail customers a voluntary green pricing option under a new state law that takes effect in 2002.

News Release - Going Green: PUD Customers Can Soon Opt for Renewable Planet Power - No longer online at

News Article - Extra Power Has PUD Singing, 'It's Not Easy Buying Green'

Snohomish Contact: Bob Nicholas (425) 783-1778

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