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State regulators issued a formal policy statement Wednesday finding that companies that lease rooftop solar systems, and sell the power produced by the system to a customer, are likely subject to regulation as an electrical company. 

In the interpretive statement, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) determined that it has the authority to perform the same consumer protection services for customers of solar leasing companies as it does for customers of regulated electrical companies. read more »


Tad Sooter, Kitsap Sun

Julie Tappero believes Kitsap County is facing a problem it hasn’t confronted in years: a labor shortage.

West Sound still lags behind Washington as a whole in job creation. But hiring has picked up in certain industries to the extent that employers are having trouble filling positions, particularly in skilled fields. read more »


A Port Orchard shopping center, anchored by Safeway and Big Lots, sold last week for $20.8 million.

The Bethel Junction center had been for sale, off and on, since the fall, said Sean Tufts, a partner with commercial real estate firm Pacific Capital.

The property changed hands between two California companies. Garrity Group of San Diego bought the property Thursday, Tufts said. Tavitac Corp. of Los Angeles was the previous owner, according to county assessor’s documents. read more »


Sixteen small businesses have been selected as semi-finalists in Kitsap Bank’s edg3 Fund (rhymes with hedge fund) competition. The mission of edg3 Fund is to recognize entrepreneurs dedicated to growing their community economically, socially or environmentally. The inaugural competition drew nearly 70 applications from entrepreneurs throughout Western Washington in industries ranging from food/beverage and tourism to arts, education and agriculture.   read more »


Negotiations between Harrison Medical Center and Regence BlueShield are coming down to the wire this week.

The contract between the hospital and insurance company is set to expire Wednesday. The two sides had yet to reach a new deal as of Monday afternoon. Representatives for both Harrison and Regence said they still were “hopeful” an agreement can be crafted before the contract terminates. read more »


Kitsap Bank opened its new East Bremerton branch on July 21, and the bank also will be closing its Central Kitsap branch on Aug. 1

The old bank branch on Wheaton Way, Kitsap Bank’s first location outside its Port Orchard headquarters, was torn down earlier this year to make way for construction of the new building on the site, which also has a Starbucks. A ribbon-cutting and grand opening celebration are scheduled at the new facility on Kitsap Bank’s 106th anniversary, Aug. 8. read more »


Kitsap County commissioners announced two appointments Monday. County administrator Karen Goon and human resources director Steve McLain will begin their jobs Sept. 2.

“We are delighted to have these two exceptional leaders join our county team,” said Charlotte Garrido, chair of the Board of County Commissioners.

Goon brings 18 years of experience in public administration, human resources and project management, most recently as division manager for Pierce County Public Works and Utilities Support Services, a position she held since 2008. read more »


By Nicholas K. Geranios, The Associated Press

SPOKANE — The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren’t meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways.

Brusaw, an electrical engineer, says the hexagon-shaped panels can withstand the wear and tear that comes from inclement weather and vehicles, big and small, to generate electricity. read more »


Expo logoThe fall 2014 Peninsula Home and Remodel Expo is taking registrations from businesses that would like to participate in the event, which will be the weekend of Oct. 3-5 in the Kitsap Sun Pavilion at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. read more »

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