If you've been thinking about installing solar energy panels at your home or business as part of the Solarize Yakima campaign you'll want to attend a workshop later this month at the Henry Beauchamp, Jr. Community Center (1211 S. 7th Street). A news release from the city of Yakima says the campaign is a partnership between the City of Yakima and non-profit Spark Northwest.
The workshop is scheduled at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25 at the Henry Beauchamp, Jr. Community Center (1211 S. 7th Street). The workshop will last about 90 minutes.

The news release says "a volunteer committee is currently undergoing a competitive process to select a local solar installer to provide group purchase installations during the Solarize Yakima campaign. Participants in the campaign will be eligible for the group discount in addition to a federal tax incentive for the installation of solar energy.

That incentive, however, won’t be around for long. A federal tax credit will step down in value beginning in 2020, from 30 percent of the installation cost this year to 26 percent for systems installed next year.

The Solarize Yakima campaign is part of the Solar Plus initiative, a three-year joint effort led by the Washington State Department of Commerce and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies office. It is intended to develop strategies for increasing solar energy and modernizing energy infrastructure.

Spark Northwest was founded in 2001 and, through renewable energy projects and policy reform, envisions a region powered by clean energy."