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The January 2012 storm caught us a little off-guard. I was in New Orleans on business and Deanne was stuck in our home in Kirkland. We could not get to our home in Olympia. The power was out according to Puget Sound Energy at our Olympia home for about 3 days….a little more or less after talking with the neighbors. The temperature was at or below freezing. Several years ago we went through a burst pipe situation that ended up with us gutting the entire house and starting over. We vowed to never deal with that again. We had our solar system installed with battery backup to solve for this scenario. We met with Bruce and Kirk and laid out our requirements. The house needed to run on solar/batteries for a minimum of 4 days without our intervention….or sunlight. Kirk and Bruce designed a system for us that has exceeded our expectations. The sunlight was enough to keep recharging the batteries…our house could have gone longer than 4 days without power. When the power is out our furnace runs, the refrigerator keeps humming, and our home remains secure. Secondarily, our system produces clean renewable energy and what we do not use we sell back to PSE.

We are very pleased with our solar power system and battery backup.

Neighborhood Projects

South Sound Solar is now offering solar projects for your neighborhood!

South Sound Solar has been the premier installer of photovoltaic (PV panels) and solar hot water systems in Thurston County since 2008. We strive to offer the highest quality systems at affordable prices and give you a positive solar experience.


The Neighborhood Solar Project makes getting solar easy for everyone.

You get our same great workshops, customer service, and quality systems as always. To help you save money, we’ve partnered with manufacturers and local lenders, and streamlined our processes. PLUS, with the Neighborhood Program, you save when you buy solar systems together. The more homes in the neighborhood to go solar, the more everyone saves.

Why go solar?

Yes, solar works in Western Washington. And the incentives make it worth the investment. When you add solar to your home, you:

  • Lower your power costs
  • Raise the value of your home (and your neighborhood!)
  • Avoid a lot of fumes and gases with every kilowatt you produce
  • Help make our country more secure
  • Receive tax credits, rebates and incentives


Neighborhood program advantages

When a neighborhood is interested in solar we can:

  • Share solar power information with more people
  • Give you a faster site evaluation
  • Partner with lending institutions
  • Organize bulk purchase from panel manufacturers
  • Offer a discount or rebate


How the neighborhood program works

Everyone wins when neighbors come together

  • Let us know you and your neighbors are interested in solar
  • Come to a Solar 101 workshop to get all your answers all at once
  • We assess your home’s solar potential (free)
  • If, after looking at all your data, you decide you want solar (YAY!) sign a contract
  • After all your neighbors say yes or no, we schedule your installation
  • You get solar and your bill goes down


What we offer

South Sound Solar is the South Sound’s leading solar installation company.

  • Local, family run company
  • Experienced and qualified employees
  • Quality system options
  • Best customer service
  • Deep knowledge of solar in pnw



Our free workshops explain:

  • How solar works
  • How solar works in Western Washington.
  • Whether your site is right for solar (some just aren’t)
  • What kind of estimated costs to expect
  • What kind of return you can reasonably expect


Get Started:

To learn about Neighborhood Solar Projects in your area, call our office at 360-352-7869