Bellingham couple wins $10,000 solar power system in Puget Sound Energy sweepstakes

Lon and Susan Swan of Bellingham have won a residential solar power system worth $10,000 in Puget Sound Energy’s Green Power Program sweepstakes.

“Our green power customers join the Green Power Program because they believe in local renewable energy development,” Cal Shirley, PSE’s vice president of customer solutions, said in March 21 press release. “We are excited about the opportunity to give away a personal solar system so our customers can begin generating their own renewable energy right at home.”

The Swans’ system will be installed by Bellingham solar electric contractor Ecotech Energy Systems, LLC.

“We’ve talked about installing solar on our home because we knew that it is a great source of green power but haven’t been in the position to do it until now,” Susan Swan said. “When we signed up for the Green Power Program we were just trying do our part in using green energy sources, and now we will be one.”

In the summer and fall of 2011, residential customers were automatically entered in PSE’s solar sweepstakes when they enrolled in the Green Power Program. Existing enrollees could enter to win by increasing their participation levels. The sweepstakes winner was selected at random.

The Green Power Program gives customers a way to guarantee some or all of the energy they use is matched in the electric grid with electricity from wind, solar, biogas or other renewable sources.

Customers can purchase 100 percent green power for approximately $10 to $12 per month based on their actual usage, or buy a specific amount, with a minimum purchase of $4 per month for 320 kilowatt-hours. Additional green power can be bought in increments of $2 for 160 kwh. Business customers can also participate at rates specific to their situations.

More information on the program can be found online at

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