The Whatcom 1000 Solar Rooftop Project will advocate, recruit, site, finance, and install 1,000 grid-intertied photovoltaic solar panels and solar thermal hot water systems, using low-interest $5,000 loans to single-family housing, multiple family housing, family-owned farms, and business owners from a self-perpetuating loan fund by December 31, 2010.
The Whatcom 1000 Solar Rooftop Project generation and conservation savings could exceed 1 megawatt and outset 65 million pounds of smog and greenhouse gases for the next 20 to 30 years. The Whatcom 1000 Solar Rooftop Project loans are amortized over the 25-year warranty period of the PV panel equipment and coupled with a net-metering agreement from the local electricity provider to make them cost effective investments. Conservation savings from the pre-installation energy audit and excess electrical generation exchanged through the net metering law as a credit will reduce the utility burden to these property owners.
Besides bridging the gap of affordability, these solar systems will shift individual and community paradigms away from resource depleting and environmental degrading power generation, to clean, renewable, and desirable power generation systems.
The Pacific Northwest is perceived as a gloomy place where solar generation isnt viable, yet Germany produces as much as 15 percent of its national electrical needs from solar generation on less sunshine that we have. Just harnessing all the south facing rooftops of the 65,000 households within the county could supply all of the countys residential electrical needs. There would be no need for additional high-voltage power lines, transformer stations, utility poles, and other infrastructure facilities. Installing solar systems onto rooftops increases property values unlike the infrastructure facilities previously mentioned. Safety, health, environment, property values and reliable power generation are safeguarded with renewable resources.
NexGenEn Co-op & Whatcom 1000 Solar Rooftop Project Office
1101 Harris Avenue, Suite 27
Bellingham WA 98225