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City of Olympia (WA)

December 2011 - The City of Olympia, Washington has approved five new community solar projects, which will be installed at the Hands on Children's Museum, City Hall, the Olympia Community Center, Fire Station #4, and Fir Street Reservoir. The projects will be deployed through a nine-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Thurston Solar Management (TSM), a joint venture of PureSolar and Tangerine Power. TSM will install, operate and maintain the solar installations, and the city will purchase the generated solar electricity at a rate of 4.5 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh).

The projects will take advantage of a Washington state production incentive of up to $1.08 per kWh for community solar projects installed on government property that use modules and inverters manufactured in Washington state. Construction for each of the solar installations is scheduled to be completed in 2012.

News Release - City of Olympia Chooses PureSolar & Tangerine Power

Additional Information - Community Solar in Olympia, Washington Moves Forward

Additional Information - Olympia, WA SunSlice Deal

March 2011 - The cities of Olympia and Lacey (Wash.) have joined together for the Flip the Switch campaign to recruit at least 1,011 residents for voluntary enrollment in Puget Sound Energy's Green Power Program by the end of 2011. If successful, Puget Sound Energy will provide solar project grants totaling $40,000 in Olympia and $20,000 in Lacey. The campaign will be promoted through community events, utility billings and each city's website. Goals of the campaign include support of renewable energy projects, green energy job creation and reducing the region's fossil fuel dependencies.

Approximately 4,000 residents and businesses in Olympia and Lacey are currently enrolled in the Green Power Program, with nearly 30,000 total participants throughout Puget Sound Energy's utility territory. Participating customers can select to receive 100 percent renewable energy for a premium of 1.25¢ per kilowatt-hour (kWh) or purchase renewable energy in 160 kWh blocks for a fixed cost of $2 per block with a minimum purchase of $4 per month.

News Release - Green Energy Recruits Sought by Olympia, Lacey

Additional Information - City of Lacey Green Power Challenge

Additional Information - City of Olympia Flip the Switch to Green Power


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