On March 27th, Solarize Bellevue hosted a ceremony at our Teen Center celebrating the successful campaign to bring solar power systems to residents of Bellevue and the install of Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue’s newly donated solar array! Event attendees included Mayor Claudia Balducci, Solarize Bellevue coalition – City of Bellevue, Pacific Northwest PPRC, NW Electric and Solar, community members, program volunteers, BGCB members and staff, Carbon Yeti and Seattle Seahawks mascot Blitz!
Mayor Balducci spoke of the great impact that this program has had on the community – and to her personally, as her family installed a solar array on their home through the program. BGCB Vice President Ryan Scott took a few minutes to thank the Solarize Bellevue coalition, volunteers and participating community members. Without their participation in the program, we would not be the excited recipient of our new solar array. Our Club network here in Bellevue continues to grow, and we want to make sure that our growth generates a larger impact among the young people that we serve, and not a larger footprint within the environment. Our newly solarized Teen Center will benefit our Club fiscally, environmentally and programmatically. We are so thrilled that our students will now have the opportunity to experience hands-on STEM activities and lessons around renewable energy sources.
The Solarize Bellevue Program strives to encourage Washington residents to green their homes by purchasing solar systems for their homes/businesses. The first year of the campaign sought to install solar arrays on 30 local residences. The program has far surpassed its goal and has now installed more than 50 arrays! Once Solarize Bellevue hit their original goal, NW Electric and Solar generously agreed to donate a full solar system to a local non-profit – with the winner of the array being decided by community vote on social media. Thanks to the votes and support from the community, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue was declared the winner and we couldn’t be happier!
After the ceremony, our teens constructed Solar Rover cars and learned more about solar energy and its many uses from team members at Puget Sound Energy.