An Open Letter to Electricity Customers of Puget Sound Energy

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As the world swelters through a record summer heat wave, accompanied by record precipitation events that have caused unprecedented flash floods worldwide, the response to these growing climate crises from our friends at Puget Sound Energy has been tepid at best.  Of course, we understand that stranded fossil fuel assets are a problem for PSE, but they don’t have to be your problem.

One third of PSE's electricity is produced from coal, and one third from natural gas. PSE is not planning to reduce any coal- or gas-fired generation for the next four years, and even then they will replace coal with natural gas when they cut coal use in half in 2023.  But the conclusion reached by climate scientists around the globe is that we must stop burning fossil fuels now.

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There is a Request for Proposals to provide PSE with renewable energy, energy storage, and distributed energy resources, but why wait for their process if you can produce your own solar energy?

Puget Sound Solar has a referral program that pays $500 for each referred customer who hires us to install their solar project.  We are now offering that $500 to you if you refer yourself to us and purchase a solar energy system that will free you from the grip of your electric utility’s addiction to coal and gas.


This is a special incentive offered only to PSE electricity customers out of our concern that you don’t have the same access to renewable electricity as do customers of public and municipal utilities throughout the state.  Yes, you can pay an extra $30/month to get a portion of your power from PSE’s future solar projects, but if your home or business has good solar exposure, pay yourself that $30 for a few years and then have free solar power after that.

There is still a federal income tax credit equal to 30% of the entire cost of your solar project, and a Washington State production incentive that will help to defray up to 50% of that cost, but don’t delay; the Washington incentive is first-come-first-served and may reach its funding limit in 2019 and the federal tax credit is reduced after 2019.

We provide free solar consultations and cost estimates, so click here if you want to see what the possibilities are for you to ditch dirty coal now.

About the author


Started Puget Sound Solar in 2001 with 30 years of construction contracting experience, and a desire to turn Seattle on to solar energy. Achieving NABCEP certification in 2004, Jeremy believes that our customers often follow a path similar to the one he took, starting out with solar daydreaming, then progressing to education on the subject, and eventually leading to action. In addition to leading the company he also does some teaching and speaking engagements about various aspects of solar energy, and experiments relentlessly with various solar, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle projects. Join my circles on G+

Jeremy Smithson

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