PSE awards a solar grant to the Suquamish Tribe

7/28/2022

Aerial view of Suquamish Family & Friends Center

We’re proud to award the Suquamish Tribe $101,164 in grant funding to help build a 32.6 kW solar array on the Suquamish Family & Friends Center, or ʔiišədalʔtxʷ ʔə ti suq̓ʷabš in the Tribe’s Lushootseed language. 

The funding, given as part of PSE’s 2021-2022 Green Power Solar Grant program, will generate an estimated 29,956 kWh annually, offsetting an estimated 77% of the Family & Friends Center’s annual consumption. The result: clean energy lowers operating costs through lower utility bills. 

“We are thrilled to see our Family & Friends Center now getting literally energized by the power of the sun,” said Barb Santos, Suquamish Tribal Member and director of the Family & Friends Center. “Protecting the environment and fighting climate change are Suquamish values. Solar power is playing an increasingly important role on both fronts. We are proud to be part of that effort.”
 
The solar project itself directly benefits tribal families and employees as the Family & Friends Center hosts youth activities and sporting events for the community. Panels for the solar project are installed and will be operational this summer.

Since 2019, PSE's Green Power Solar Grant program has awarded more than $3 million to fund 48 new, local solar projects for nonprofits, public housing authorities and tribal entities serving low-income and/or BIPOC community members. The program is made possible by our Green Power and Solar Choice customers.