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PSE, City Challenge Mercer Island Residents to 'Go Green'

The Puget Sound Energy-sponsored "Green Power Challenge" nears its goal of 625 participating homes. The private utility pledges to install a pilot-program solar array at the Community Center upon reaching the goal.

A community-wide challenge aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the Island by getting 625 homes or businesses to sign-up for Green Power with PSE is nearing its goal, according to a city press release.

This collaboration between City Hall and Puget Sound Energy (PSE) — along with several community partners — earlier this year to participate in the Green Power Community Challenge. The benefits of winning the City-wide challenge include a $25,000 grant to the City to help bring a solar array to the . The solar panels would produce a substantial amount of electricity for the center's electricity needs, and have an effecitve lifespan of 20-25 years.

Officials say only 25 more homes or businesses sign up for green power by the end of 2012. 

The program is offered through Puget Sound Energy, starting with as little as $4 more a month added onto a homeowner's bill. PSE's Green Power program — a fund which supports the use and development of alternative, "clean" energy from renewable resources such as wind, solar, geothermal, low-impact biomass, and low-impact hydro.

In conjunction with the community challenge, the Green Ribbon Commission and PSE have teamed up with Island schools for an inter-school challenge that awards $10 to the PTA of the school identified by every new Green Power customer. In December, the school with the most new customers in the program receives a $500 bonus. Currently, West Mercer Elementary School and Mercer Island High School are tied for the lead with 25 enrollments each.  

The challenge ends in December and the City reminds residents and businesses that there is still plenty of time to sign-up as well as the opportunity for any school to pull ahead and earn bonus PTA funds.

For additional information on the Green Power Challenge, contact Kirsten Taylor at kirsten.taylor@mercergov.org.

(Ed. Note: The information in this article is from a City of Mercer Island press release.)

Kim Fackrell September 14, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Small things can make a big difference. For instance, we work at home as much as possible so we don't have to drive and we walk to and from school everyday.
John Gordon Hill September 14, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Dear Mr. Lebowski (Big?), Spain's economic troubles have little to do with green energy, scientists are nearly unanimous that the planet is warming and human activity is the principal cause, and sales of the Chevy Volt are rising weekly. Al Gore was wrong though: we have less time than he thought. Or perhaps you missed the hottest decade in recorded history and the scorching draught. You might want to ponder the word "sustainable" and why you think that's a bad thing.
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA September 14, 2012 at 07:39 PM
As I said- I do agree with Jeff's "Clean efficient energy is great but shouldn't trump common sense". It's a good idea to do those "sensible things" that have as few downsides as possible. J- J-
Krista Collard September 14, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Unfortunately, this is just the beginning of the work they need to do. Nearly 40% of the energy PSE provides to Washington comes from toxic coal! PSE's coal plant in Montana is literally the dirtiest in the West. Closing it would mean the largest greenhouse gas emissions reduction from a single source-- in Northwest HISTORY. Pollution knows no boundaries-- PSE needs to get serious about going green.

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