Going Solar in Washington

Help birds by installing rooftop solar panels. It's never been so easy.

Northern Pygmy-Owl. Photo: Harry Colquhoun/Audubon Photography Awards

Every day, the sun channels energy onto your roof. Solar panels let you capture some of that energy and use it to power your home, business, or electric car while lowering your electricity bill. By switching to solar power, you’ll reduce the carbon pollution behind climate change that threatens many birds, like the Northern Pygmy-Owl above, and their habitats.

What’s the catch? Installing rooftop solar takes some research, planning, and upfront costs. Those costs vary by state, and different states have different funding opportunities. Keep in mind that you will probably recoup those upfront costs within a decade with the money saved on your electricity bill—and you'll continue to save more money later.