Solar in Lacey

The City of Lacey is committed to going solar. Thanks to an easy online process, Lacey residents can quickly have solar panels installed on homes and businesses and begin seeing the benefits of clean, renewable energy. For more information about the basics of solar energy, your solar options, and questions to ask solar professionals visit the Department of Energy’s Homeowner’s Guide to Going Solar.

Installing solar panels on your residence has environmental and economic benefits to you and your community. Solar energy improves environmental quality by reducing carbon emissions and air pollution. Solar energy supports local solar companies, can save money on energy costs as the price continues to drop from technological developments, and improves electric grid resilience during peak demand and other stresses to the system.

To get started on permitting your solar project visit eTRAKiT ( Solar panels are an over-the-counter permit and are typically issued the same day of submittal.

If you are looking to lower the cost of installing Solar visit Solarize Thurston – 2024 Solar Group Purchasing ( The Solarize Thurston campaign runs March through July, visit the website above to sign up and learn more.


Is my roof suitable for solar?

If you’re just getting started, you can investigate the solar potential of your property by entering your address on Project Sunroof. You can also estimate the performance of potential photovoltaic (PV) projects using the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s PVWatts Calculator.

These are helpful tools for understanding your solar potential, but they do not replace the expertise of having a professional solar installer assess your property.  

Some factors that may impact the suitability of your roof for solar include: 

  • Direction: South facing is ideal though east and west facing roofs may still produce significant amounts of electricity. 
  • Shading: Solar panels should have direct access to the sun with limited shading. Nearby buildings, trees, hills or other roof features can reduce the amount of sunlight reaching your solar system.  
  • Pitch: The ideal roof angle is between 20 and 35 degrees though steeper and flatter roofs may still work.

What if my roof isn’t suitable for solar?

If a solar installer determines that your roof is not suitable for solar, or you don’t own your own home, you can still access the benefits of solar energy by enrolling in a community-solar project. Community solar is a solar-ownership structure where a group of community members participate in a single solar project and share its benefits.  

Olympia Community Solar and Puget Sound Energy both offer local community solar projects in Thurston County.

How do I get a permit?

Lacey residents can get a permit through our online portal eTRAKiT (

  • Once you are on the webpage, click “apply for a permit” under the construction header.
  • Create an account or log in with an exisiting account.
  • Under Permit type select “Minor Construction”, then select “Solar Panel” under Permit subtype.
  • Fill out the application and attach any documents (attachments are not required for solar panels).
  • Then select next step to pay the permit fee.

After you pay the fee, our staff will be notified, and the permit will be issued. Solar panel permits are over the counter permits are typically issued the same day you apply for a permit. For your convenience we have a permit checklist here:

Where can I find a solar installer?

Find a local solar contractor to assess your home for solar energy and provide a quote. Site assessments are typically free. It is a good idea to get two or three quotes to compare before choosing a contractor.  

Helpful resources:

Local installers*
A&R Solar
Capstone Solar
Graham Electric
Mad Energy NW
South Sound Solar
Sunset Air Incorporated

*Local installers are defined here as any solar installation company that is based in Thurston County, includes Thurston County as part of its primary service region, or has a statewide service region.

If you are a local solar installer that meets these criteria and would like to be added to this list, please contact

How can I finance my solar installation?

In most cases, your monthly solar loan payments will be smaller than your typical energy costs. Your solar provider can help you identify how many panels you will need and estimate your monthly costs or savings.

Download A Homeowners Guide to Solar Financing

Local lenders*:
Generations Credit Union – EZ Solar Loans
Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union – Energy Smart Loans
Verity Credit Union – Solar Energy Loans

*The local lenders listed here specialize in solar-specific loans for homeowners. If you are a loan provider, that provides solar-specific loans in Thurston County, and would like to be added to this list, please contact

What financing is available for businesses and commercial properties?

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loans & Grants
REAP provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or for energy-efficiency improvements. Agricultural producers may also apply for new energy-efficient equipment and new system loans for agricultural production and processing.

Are there rebates or incentives available for solar installation?

Federal income tax credit
With the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act in August 2022, the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) was raised to 30% for solar energy systems installed between 2022 and 2032. The ITC will decrease to 26% for systems installed in 2033 and to 22% for systems installed in 2034. The tax credit expires starting in 2035 unless Congress renews it. There is no maximum amount that can be claimed.

Tax-exempt organizations including nonprofits, governmental agencies, tribes, and schools may claim the credit through a direct-pay option.

Net metering
Net metering allows owners of grid-connected, renewable-energy systems to receive credit for excess electricity produced by their systems. Net-metered systems that produce more electricity than needed are credited for the excess production at retail-electric rates on the next month’s utility bill. Credits in Washington state carry forward month to month but not year to year. Credits zero out on March 31, at which point a new net-metering year begins.

State sales-tax exemption
The State of Washington provides a sales-tax exemption on all equipment, labor and services related to the installation of solar systems generating less than 100 kW of electricity (most homes only require a 5 to 12 kW system). This exemption applies to installations from July 1, 2019, through December 31, 2029.

What are my solar rights?

While Lacey’s Zoning Ordinance does not currently list solar photovoltaic (PV) installations as an accessory use, Planning Staff have determined that Rooftop mounted solar may be installed on principal and accessory structures and is permitted by right in all zoning districts within the City of Lacey.

Homeowner’s Associations
In the state of Washington, a homeowner’s association may issue guidelines related to the visibility and aesthetics of solar-panel placement but may not prohibit a resident or owner from installing solar panels if the panels meet these criteria.

Solar Easements
A solar easement allows property owners to legally protect their access to sunlight for a solar-energy system. In Washington, property owners may enter into voluntary solar easements to ensure adequate sunlight for their solar-energy system. Without a formal easement, property owners are not able to require the removal of obstructions on adjacent properties.