PUD Solar Project To Benefit Project PRIDE

Project PRIDE, managed by St. Vincent de Paul, provides one-time grants to families and individuals who need help paying their power bills. Snohomish County PUD has stepped up to the plate by planning to build a new solar project adjacent to Walter E. Hall Park in south Everett to support Project PRIDE in partnership with the city of Everett.

Funded in part by the Washington Department of Commerce’s Clean Energy Fund, the solar project’s direct generation will benefit Project PRIDE, the PUDs’ customer-funded income-qualified program that currently assists 500 customers each year.

PUD CEO and General Manager John Haarlow said, “This project will allow us to power more homes and businesses with clean energy and help our most vulnerable customers at the same time. We’re excited to work with the City of Everett to bring clean solar power to the Casino Road neighborhood.”

The planned solar array will have a capacity of 375 kilowatts AC, generating enough electricity to power approximately 40 homes. Locating the solar array at the Walter Hall Park will enhance energy resiliency in a dense urban community with heavily loaded electric circuits in the summer.

Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin noted, “We’re proud to partner with the PUD on this project that will generate renewable solar energy and offset utility costs for income-qualified households.” Project PRIDE will receive an estimated additional $27,600 in annual energy credits through the PUD’s community solar project.

The cost to build the solar project is estimated to be approximately $1.5 million. The PUD was awarded a grant worth $861,814 under the Washington Clean Energy Fund 3 Low-Income Community Solar Deployment Program to help pay for the project. Managed by the Washington State Department of Commerce, Washington State’s Clean Energy Fund supports the development, demonstration and deployment of clean energy technology.

This solar energy project is not the PUD’s first one. In 2019, the PUD began its initial community solar project as part of its Arlington Microgrid site, selling energy units to customers interested in promoting solar power without access to it. This new solar project in south Everett will generate funds that will assist PUD customers having trouble paying their power bill.

For more information about this south Everett PUD solar project, visit snopud.com/sesolar.

North Sound Meteorologist Ted Buehner worked more than 40 years for the National Weather Service (NWS) from 1977 to 2018. He is now an Everett Post Media team member. Together with Everett Post Weather Minute Podcasts, he provides morning and afternoon commute traffic and weather updates on both KRKO and KXA Radio, and sports reporting on KRKO.