Puget Sound Energy awarded HopeSource in Cle Elum a grant to install solar panels at one of its low income housing complexes.
The panels will be installed at a low income apartment complex

Bellevue, Washington (6/12/2019) HopeSource in Cle Elum receives PSE grant for solar panels

The solar panels will be installed at the Westview Villa Apartments in Cle Elum. The 82 kilowatt project is expected to produce enough energy to power approximately nine average households a year.

“With this project we will eliminate crushing winter utility bills for our Low income Households at our Cle Elum property,” said Director of Asset Management, Craig Kelly. “When installed, residents will no longer be responsible for their energy payments, effectively freeing them from winter electric bills as high as $400.”

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

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. “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:
June 14, 2019
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Westview Villa
400 Denny Ave #9
Cle Elum, WA 98922

Media Contact:
Andrew Padula, 888-831-7250, psenewsroom@pse.com