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Spark Northwest Replicates New Solarize Model to Improve Affordability for Oregon Homeowners

High housing costs in metropolitan areas have put homeownership out of reach for many low to moderate (LMI) income workers and, with it, the benefits of rooftop solar. Adding to the struggle of homeownership is the disproportionate impact that electricity costs have on LMI populations. Through a partnership with All Points North Foundation, Spark Northwest, in collaboration with Solar For All, will help homeowners in the Proud Ground land trust go solar through the Solarize the Land Trust program.

Spark Northwest, a nonprofit organization founded in 2001, works at the local level to speed the region’s transition to affordable, community-controlled clean energy through renewable energy programs and policy reform in Washington and Oregon. Spark Northwest’s Solarize program has educated nearly 5,000 people and helped more than 1,000 families and businesses go solar via a grassroots group-purchase model.

In 2019, the first Solarize the Land Trust program launched with successful solar installs for ten Homestead Community Land Trust homeowners in Seattle, Washington. In 2020, the model will be replicated for ten families on Proud Ground, a land trust in Portland, Oregon. It is estimated these families combined will save more than 770,000 kWh of electricity during the first 20 years—a combined savings of more than $110,000. The project will serve as a model for land trusts across the country to bring the benefits of solar to affordable homes to reduce housing-related energy costs.

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