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Green Power Community Challenge

Congratulations Bellingham: Together we exceeded the Green Power Community Challenge goal!


gpcc small logoWhat was the Green Power Community Challenge?

In 2006, Bellingham’s Green Power purchases grew from 0.5% to nearly 12% of the total power used—in just 6 months! 

From 2007 to 2009 Bellingham was the #1 EPA certified Green Power Community in America, because YOU—local businesses, government, and community members—answered the call to use and build renewable energy. (In 2009 Corvallis, OR bumped us to #2) 

The Green Power Community Challenge was a collaboration between Sustainable Connections, Puget Sound Energy and the City of Bellingham.


Sign up to purchase Green Power in your home or business, and ask your friends and neighbors to join you in your support of renewable energy!

Please visit our Green Power Businesses Page to view Sustainable Connections member businesses that currently purchase Green Power, or to sign up your business.

Download our Green Power Community Challenge info sheet HERE.

Puget Sound Energy's Green Power FAQs.


  • Western Washington University started purchasing 100% Green Power in 2005, thanks to a student led initiative that passed by 84.7%.
  • The Bellingham City Council unanimously voted to purchase 100% Green Power, starting in 2007.
  • The Whatcom County Council voted to purchase 100% Green Power, starting in 2007.
  • Over 100 businesses in Whatcom County have signed up to begin purchasing Green Power since of the start of the campaign.
  • Bellingham became the #1 EPA certified Green Power Community in the nation in early 2007, and received the EPA's Green Power Purchaser Award later that year for making a significant purchase of renewable energy, which helps to build the market for green power.
  • As a result of these successes, Bellingham earned two solar electric demonstration projects one on the Environmental Learning Center rooftop in Maritime Heritage Park, and the second on the parking sheds of Depot Market, courtesy of PSE .
  • Thanks to the large local purchases of Green Power that our community has made, PSE has been able to negotiate bulk discounts that significantly reduce the rate we all pay for Green Power – by approximately 40%. 
Since January 2009 Bellingham is the #2 Green Power Community in the Nation.
For more information about Green Power, contact us at (360) 647-7093.
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