Washington county helps residents acquire solar installation
Snohomish County, Washington, has teamed up with Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union (PSCCU) to create the new Energy Smart loan program, which will be available to homeowners throughout Snohomish County.
According to the Lake Stevens Journal, homeowners who participate in the program will receive help installing renewable energy projects and other energy efficiency initiatives, including more efficient windows and doors, insulation, heating pumps and solar installations.
"This loan program is an asset for Snohomish County homeowners as it provides a new option for financing energy efficiency projects during a tough economic time," said Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon. "The county’s Energy Smart loan program complements existing financing options, rebates and incentives offered through the Snohomish County Public Utility District (SnoPUD), Puget Sound Energy, and others."
The program is a part of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, which came from the Department of Energy to spur development of renewable projects.
According to the latest report from the Solar Energy Industries of America, Washington remained one of the top 20 states for solar energy installations, and contributed to the 506 new megawatts of power that were installed in the country in the first quarter of 2012.