Pyramid Peak at Skagit Hydroelectric Project, Photo by Jim Hunter
Seattle City Light JIM BAGGS, Interim General Manager and CEO
Solar Energy
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On Sept. 6, 2016, Seattle City Light launched a new customer information system, which offers more flexibility and information for customers. This system comes with changes to your bill. Some of those changes, include a new account number, kilowatt-hour credits versus customer energy monetization and production meter reads on the bill. To learn more about how this will impact you as a solar customer, please visit the
Net Metering Frequently Asked Questions page.

Does Solar Energy work in Seattle?


Seattle City Light customers are installing solar equipment on their homes and businesses - and in greater numbers every year. While we are known for our cloudy skies, Seattle receives more sunlight than Germany, the world's leading solar market.

For more information, please download the Guide to Installing Solar

Types of Solar Energy Systems

Solar energy can be used to produce electricity or heat water...

Solar Electric Systems (also called Photovoltaic or "PV" systems) convert sunlight directly into electricity you can use in your home or business. With a solar electric system, you pay less for electricity from Seattle City Light. If your system produces more electricity than you need at any given time, it will supply the grid, spinning your utility meter backwards. This process is called "net metering."

Solar Hot Water Systems use the sun's heat to preheat water before it enters your conventional water heater. With a solar water heater, you pay less for the electricity or natural gas that you normally use to heat your water.

Is Solar Right for You?

Installing a solar system on your property may make sense if you...
  • own your home or commercial property;
  • have a suitable shade-free area for solar collectors (such as roof space in sound condition); and
  • are interested in making a long-term investment to reduce your environmental impact.

Learn more about installing Solar Electric Systems.

However, whether it's the cost, or access to a sunny space, we understand that solar energy doesn't work on every home.

Community Solar opportunities are emerging to overcome these barriers to solar energy use. Just as a P-patch affords the bounty of a garden to those without their own space at home, Community Solar can provide solar energy and its associated financial benefits to a multitude of participants.

Learn more about Community Solar.
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