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Bainbridge Island’s GHG emissions from electricity generation are higher than the Washington State average because PSE, the Island’s electricity provider, has an electricity fuel mix containing over 66% fossil fuels (as reported for 2019).
In 2019, the Governor signed the Clean Energy Transformation Act requiring the State’s electrical supply to be free of coal by 2025, carbon neutral by 2030 and 100% carbon-free by 2045. Our 2020 Climate Action Plan states that Bainbridge Island should strive to achieve 100% clean, renewable energy sooner than 2045.
The City has participated in PSE's Green Power Program to purchase renewable energy for 100% of the City's electricity use (on average) since 2014. Two City facilities also have onsite solar energy with a 71.28 kW solar system at City Hall and a 5 kW solar system at the Waterfront Park Community Center. As of December 2022, approximately 11% of energy use on the Island was supplied by renewable energy, either from rooftop solar installations or via participation in green power purchase programs.
While the City of Bainbridge Island is recognized as a Green Power Community by the EPA, additional efforts are needed to achieve 100% clean, renewable energy on the Island. Learn more about how you can purchase green power or install solar for your home or business using the links below.
- Explore renewable energy options from PSE for both residents and businesses.
- Check out Solar Washington for more information on incentives for installing solar in Washington State.
- Review the City’s Solar Energy Systems Checklist for single-family homes.
- Learn more about the City's participation in the ETIPP technical assistance program, evaluating opportunities to generate 100% of electricity needs on the island from renewable sources by 2040.