Kudos to our City Council member Paula Waters, as well as the committed partners at 21 Acres and Northwest SEED, for their leading efforts to bring solar into our community through the Solarize Woodinville Campaign.
Having seen the success of the Solarize campaign in Kirkland and Bellevue, Paula seized the opportunity to initiate a campaign here in Woodinville last January. She set herself into motion, setting up informational booths at our farmers markets, presenting her vision at informational meetings, and volunteering her time throughout the campaign to get the word out. Paula brought the campaign to life and made it accessible in a way that only a very humble and approachable leader can do.
Kurt Sahl and Jennifer Horner of 21 Acres generously opened their doors to the campaign, donating time and energy to host numerous meetings and informational sessions, advertise for the campaign, and volunteer on many fronts to make the campaign a success.
Jill Eikenhorst of Northwest SEED worked tirelessly to facilitate and guide our campaign from beginning to end. The epitome of a passionate scientist, Jill brought her invaluable experience to help turn our ideas into action.
So far, seven photovoltaic systems have been added to our community, and an additional system has been donated to Woodinville Montessori School by Puget Sound Solar. This is a community — and climate — success story that Woodinville can be proud of.
While we are fortunate that much of our electricity in the Northwest is generated from renewable sources, we still rely on dirty fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. Solar power is clean energy that reduces our contribution to climate change. It’s also power that we can own, right here in our community.
If you would like to be a part of the solution, you can contact Northwest SEED or Puget Sound Solar about installing solar on your home. Also, let’s all tell PSE we want our power to come from clean energy sources — not natural gas or coal. Seven solar systems can become 70, then 700, and then 7000—until our community is using 100% renewable power of its own.
Deborah Mikulina Shultz