December 1, 2015,
in a celebration that includes representatives from Puget Sound Energy, USDA, and Thurston Chamber of Commerce, Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters will officially flip the switch on their recently installed 9.9kW solar system. The ceremony will take place at 11:30 at the coffee roastery Tasting Room, 200 Market NE in Olympia.
Long recognized inside and outside of the coffee industry as a leader in sustainability practices, Batdorf & Bronson is committed to sustainability within its supply chain as well as within its roasting and retail operations. Batdorf & Bronson COO, David Wasson says, We invest in the future of coffee farmers and coffee drinkers by investing in the communities where we do business, whether it be a coffee farm in Guatemala, or the city of Olympia and Thurston County. The system includes 36-Itek Energy, Made-in-WA modules and inverters. Choosing Washington made products qualifies B&B for the largest production incentive payment from their utility, maxed out at approximately $5,000 per year. Other production incentives and benefits that B&B will receive are a sales tax waiver (under 10kW), a 30% tax credit, electrical bill savings AND accelerated depreciation.
They applied for a 25% grant from the USDAs Rural Energy for America Program (REAP Grant), which was approved in the 6/30/15 grant cycle and will be awarded after 30 days of operation. Join us to celebrate and to also hear important information about how you can support solar legislation under review this legislative session. Speakers will include: Batdorf & Bronson; South Sound Solar; USDA Rural Energy Department; Puget Sound Energy, Thurston County Chamber of Commerce and Local Government officials.