King County Housing Authority receives PSE grant for solar panels

BELLEVUE, Wash. (7/15/2019) Puget Sound Energy has awarded the King County Housing Authority with a grant to install solar panels at three of its rental properties.

The solar panels have been installed at: Meadows on Lea Hill Apartments in Auburn; The Village at Overlake Station in Redmond; and Windsor Heights Apartments in SeaTac. Collectively, the three systems total 82 kilowatts, enough clean energy to lower the King County Housing Authority’s operating costs.

“These rooftop installations help advance the Housing Authority’s Environmental Sustainability Plan,” said KCHA Executive Director Stephen Norman. “The impact of these investments is significant - they not only reduce our housing’s impact on the environment but also lower utility costs and keep these apartments affordable to families that are increasingly struggling with escalating rent and utility costs in these markets. They are part of an ambitious five-year plan to reduce KCHA’s carbon footprint. We truly value the partnership with Puget Sound Energy and Washington State University in moving this effort forward.”

Along with the King County Housing Authority, PSE awarded nearly $465,000 in solar grants to HopeSource in Cle Elum and Opportunity Council in Bellingham to install the solar panels on five affordable multi-family housing facilities the three organizations own and operate. These organizations were chosen for their work with limited income housing.

The Washington State University Energy Program, through its Community Energy Efficiency Program, helped provide half of the funding for this project. The other half comes from PSE’s Green Power program, which allows customers to reduce their personal carbon footprint while supporting the development of renewable energy in the region.

“We are continuing our commitment to the communities we serve by choosing to work with Community Action Agencies that have a track record of serving people in need,” said Will Einstein, director of product development and growth at PSE. “By funding these solar projects on multi-family housing, not only are we supporting their core mission, but also helping to reduce their energy costs -- returning savings to their tenants, and reducing their carbon footprint.”

As part of PSE’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint and help our customers do their part, these solar projects are another step we’re taking with the community to preserve and protect the environment for a better energy future.

The media is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony:

July 16, 2019

10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Windsor Heights

17229 32nd Ave South

SeaTac, WA 98188

 

Media Contact:

Andrew Padula, 1-888-831-7250, psenewsroom@pse.com


Puget Sound Energy is proud to serve our neighbors and communities in 10 Washington counties.
We're the state’s largest utility, supporting more than 1.1 million electric customers and nearly 900,000natural gas customers.
For more about us and what we do, visit pse.com. Also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.