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solarThe City of Edmonds recently participated in a collaborative effort including Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (Northwest SEED), Snohomish County PUD and a team of volunteers from Lynnwood, Edmonds and Woodway on the Solarize South County program.  This was a time-limited initiative designed to help single-family homeowners and small businesses purchase solar panels via a streamlined process and group discount.  As part of the program, A&R Solar, a PUD-registered solar installer, was selected by a volunteer committee through a competitive process. Participants in the initiative were not only eligible for a group discount, but also for the PUD’s Solar Express rebate of up to $2,500 for residential customers and up to $10,000 for small businesses, along with federal and state incentives for solar energy.  The program included several community workshops, which not only helped get the word out about the program itself, but also provided education about the benefits of solar to individuals throughout the community.

The Solarize South County program was a great success resulting in 25 contracts for solar installations throughout Edmonds, Lynnwood, Woodway, Mountlake Terrace, and Brier.  Edmonds took the lead with 15 of those contracts being within our city limits, one of which was for a multi-family building and one for a commercial business.  Overall, the Solarize South County program resulted in the installation of a total of 140 kilowatts of solar arrays for an annual savings of approximately 96.5 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.  This is roughly equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of 20 passenger vehicles or the carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of over 100,000 pounds of coal.

A&R Solar was incredibly happy with the positive response from the community on the Solarize South County program:

“For us the program was a great success. It is amazing to come to know the people, places, and passions that create a real community. There are so many people working together to make their place in the world a better place to live. It is a great honor to be a part of that effort in these communities.”

Thanks in part to the Solarize South County program as well as other recent solar programs, solar installations are on the rise in Edmonds.  In 2012, three building permits were issued for solar installations.  In 2013, that number doubled to six building permits for solar installations.  But in 2014, the number of permits soared to 39, and an additional three permits have already been issued for 2015!


What our neighbors are saying about solar.


The following quotes were provided by participants of the Solarize South County program in response to a survey performed by Northwest SEED:

“I am new to solar, but had friends that had taken the plunge. The program assembled all the pieces I needed to jump in.”

“I wanted to do it for sure, but didn't think we'd be able to afford it for quite a while. Solarize made the up-front cost more affordable so we could start enjoying the long-term benefits.”

“We never considered a solar system and had no plans to install one. We heard about the Solarize program and attended a webinar. It was solely because of the program that we are now installing solar and are very happy to have the opportunity.”

“Would not have done it without the Solarize program. Just would not have put the time into all the needed research & effort. And the discounts were a factor also.”


A&R Solar gives back to the community in a big way.


As part of the Solarize South County program, A&R Solar pledged to donate a solar energy system to Edmonds Lutheran Church and Annie’s Community Kitchen, which was selected by the community to be the recipient of this award.  Annie’s Community Kitchen is a service of Edmonds Lutheran Church that has been providing a free hot meal once a week to the community for over ten years.  Thanks to those who participated in the Solarize South County program, A&R Solar will donate a solar array of 2.2 kilowatts, which has an $11,000 value.  Although the Solarize South County program has formally ended, A&R Solar has pledged to increase the size of their donation to Edmonds Lutheran Church if additional participants sign contracts with A&R by January 31st.

Questions?

For additional information on the Solarize program, please visit www.solarizewa.org. To learn more about A&R Solar, visit www.a-rsolar.com.  Information on Edmonds Lutheran Church and Annie’s Community Kitchen can be found at http://www.edmondslutheran.org/

Housing Commission Online Open House Extended through October 18

Local residents are asked to weigh in on Commission’s second round of ideas

(Edmonds, WA) The City of Edmonds has extended an online open house and community survey about its second set of housing ideas. The open house and survey are part of community outreach by the Edmonds Housing Commission to gather and organize community input on housing policy concepts from zoning to community programs. The open house and survey have been extended to October 18 due to unprecedented mailing delays for those to whom postcards and surveys were sent.

The online open house features videos that highlight ideas for many housing policy topics including homelessness prevention and affordable housing incentives. It can all be found at: ECHCOpenHouse.com. read more

City Newsletter ~ Update on Edmonds Fall 2020

Fall 2020

Celebrating Indigenous People, Today and Everyday

A Community Embracing our Heritage Together

Today, Oct. 12, is Indigenous Peoples’ Day and the City wants recognize all Indigenous people and draw special attention to the Coast Salish peoples, including Tulalip, Suquamish, Stillaguamish, Lummi, and other tribes who have inhabited the Puget Sound region that encompasses the shorelands and uplands of Edmonds.

Mayor Mike Nelson offers the following remarks: For thousands of years the Indigenous Coast Salish peoples have used the area now known as Edmonds to harvest salmon, shellfish, and land-based resources.
The rich, diverse culture and enduring spirit of the Indigenous Peoples of Puget Sound region live on in Edmonds, not just through the acts of a few, but through the intentional efforts of many.

I am honored to draw attention to the ArtWalk mural program that has recently completed two murals depicting Coast Salish culture in our area at the time of contact. Thank you, Andy Eccleshall (muralist) and Coast Salish artist Ty Juvenil, for your collaborative effort to create these images.
I want to thank the leadership at the new Waterfront Center who are seeking to partner with the local tribes to incorporate Coast Salish artwork as a part of the new center set for completion in November.

Finally, I am very excited to see the carved cedar panel created by Coast Salish artist Ty Juvenil that depicts traditional Coast Salish activities on the shores of Puget Sound and will be placed across from City Hall at the Historical Museum later this year.


These are just a few of the countless examples where, in a year filled with uncertainties and in the midst of a pandemic, the community of Edmonds continues to inspire and lead by example. Thank you to the community for your efforts to ensure we continue to embrace our heritage, not just today, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, but every day.

Walkable Main Street Ends This Weekend

However curbside dining continues through November 8. There are signs of fall in the air: cooler days, falling leaves and two of the most popular events of the summer come to a close. This weekend, October. 10-11, will be the last weekend of Walkable Main Street as well as the Edmonds Summer Market. We encourage residents to come out and enjoy these activities on their final weekend. To read more click here

City Issues Final Warning for Fishing Pier Face Covering Compliance

City has received numerous complaints of non-compliance during night-time squidding

(Edmonds, WA) Concern residents and fellow squidders continue to contact the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department about the lack of COVID safety measures being followed at the Edmonds Fishing Pier. Specifically, the lack of distancing and mask wearing during the night-time squidding activities. Police patrols have been increased and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has been contacted for support. read more

Edmonds Offers Second Round of Business Support Grants

Applications Accepted through 5:00 pm, October 21st

(Edmonds, WA) - After a successful initial business grant program during the Summer, and fueled by an additional allocation of funds from the federal CARES Act, the City of Edmonds announces today a second round of Business Support Grants of up to $10,000 each. A two-week application period begins today, with an application deadline of 5pm, October 21, 2020.  read more and click here for application. 

Mayor Nelson Announces Upcoming Regular Neighborhood Zoom Meetings

Meetings kick off October 15, 2020 with Five Corners/Chase Lake Area. Mayor Mike Nelson announced today that he is kicking off a series of Neighborhood Meetings, initially via Zoom, to listen to residents, share information about City projects, programs, and goals, and deliver updates unique to each of the neighborhoods that comprise our city of approximately 42,0000 residents. 

This first virtual meeting, via Zoom, will be focused on the Five Corners/Chase Lake area and will be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday, October 15th. The Zoom link is: https://zoom.us/j/97991621922

For more information click here

Fourth Season of Diversity Film Series Starts This Month

The fourth season of Diversity Film Series starts this month. October kick-off features "In The Family". After a disruption in March of this year due to the restrictions arising from the COVID-19 crisis, the Edmonds Diversity Commission is thrilled to kick off its fourth season of the Diversity Film Series this month, with the first FREE screening on Monday, October 19th at 7:00 pm.  Since the films originally scheduled for March and April could not be screened, they will serve as the 2020-2021 season’s first two months of screenings in October and November.  For more information click here.   Go to the Diversity Commission  here for links to the movies. 


Mayor Mike Nelson's Proposed 2021 Budget Address

Mayor Mike Nelson invites the public and the media to join him this afternoon at 4:00 pm as he delivers his proposed 2021 Budget address, including an overview of his top budgetary priorities. The Mayor will not take questions during his address, nor will there be any live discussion among attendees, including any Councilmembers. The full proposed 2021 Budget document will be transmitted to Councilmembers, and made available to the public on the City’s website, upon conclusion of the Mayor’s address.  

This virtual address will be recorded and be posted on the Mayor’s webpage, the City’s communications webpage, and can also be found on Facebook Live under videos.

What: Mayor Mike Nelson addresses his proposed 2021 budget

When: Oct. 5, 2020 4 p.m.

Where: via Zoom and Facebook live https://zoom.us/j/91724456004?pwd=N2QwTjNNNXJQeFJnTHN2M2xFcHJlQT09

Housing Commission Seeks Input on More Ideas

Local residents are asked to weigh in on Commission’s second round of ideas

(Edmonds, WA) The City of Edmonds has launched an online open house and community survey about its second set of housing ideas. The open house and survey are part of community outreach by the Edmonds Housing Commission to gather and organize community input on housing policy concepts from zoning to community programs.

The open house features videos that highlight ideas for many housing policy topics including homelessness prevention and affordable housing incentives. It can all be found at: ECHCOpenHouse.com.

The Commission is scheduled to deliver policy recommendations to the Edmonds City Council in late December. The Council will then decide what actions to take on the recommendations. For more information click here.

Edmonds Paws in the Water Photo Contest

Edmonds Paws in the Water Photo Contest

Submit your photos of dogs enjoying the water for prizes

(Edmonds - WA)

Edmonds is going to the dogs virtually! Edmonds Parks & Recreation and O.L.A.E. (Off-Leash Area Edmonds) is hosting an online photo contest of your furry friends enjoying the water to win prizes. Winners will be determined by community vote through the Edmonds Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/EdmondsRecZone.

To enter the contest, submit a photo (1) of your dog enjoying any water source (i.e. pool, lake, hose, etc.). Photos can be submitted through email to kim.anderson@edmondswa.gov. To be entered, you must ‘Like’ the Edmonds Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services facebook page @EdmondsRecZone in addition to your photo submission. Photo submissions are accepted from September 28th to October 5th. Photos will be posted to the Paws in the Water Facebook Event.

After submissions close, a photo album through the facebook page will be created. Likes will be considered votes for your favorite photo. Winners are determined by the photos that receive the most likes, and voting will be open October 7th until October 12th.
Winners will be announced via social media on October 14th.

3rd place will receive a $5 gift card from All the Best Pet Care, 2nd place will receive a $10 All the Best Pet Care gift card, and 1st place will receive a $10 All the Best Pet Care gift card and a certification for an initial session at SplashDog valued at $90.

Sponsored by: SplashDog, and All the Best Pet Care.

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