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Projects of the Month

The first question often asked about Habitat for Humanity Kitsap County's (HFHKC) Harris Court project is “Solar Electric on low income family homes … really?” The answer is, “Yes, thanks to advances in photovoltaic technology, solar electric power makes great sense for low income family homes.” This edition of Project of the Month gives a broad picture of HFHKC's solar neighborhood at Harris Court in Port Orchard.    Habitat for Humanity in Kitsap County began over 22 years ago and has a long term and fiscally responsible approach...
The Little Brown Church   The Little Brown Church nestled between Maxwelton and French roads on Whidbey Island, improved their sunny disposition. Last year, a 9.36kW photovoltaic system consisting of 39 locally manufactured, Itek Energy panels and battery backup system manufactured by Outback Power were installed on the church by Western Solar Inc. The customer, Mills, purchased the local landmark in 2008 with a vision for it to be a place of refuge for the community during powerful storms and emergencies. Somewhere neighbors could gather to charge electronics, warm up,...
Bellingham's Wood Stone Manufacturing   Wood Stone, a manufacturing company of stone hearth and specialty commercial cooking equipment in Bellingham, now has solar on its manufacturing facility roof thanks to the vision and commitment of its employees.  The grid-tied PV system was installed earlier this year by Coupeville based Whidbey Sun & Wind.  It is a community solar installation owned by the employees of the Wood Stone Corporation. The Wood Stone Community Solar group worked with the Whidbey Sun & Wind team to reach their goal of installing the...
UW Seattle Mercer Dormitory Solar Project For Earth Day 2014, Artisan Electric joined the student-run UW Solar team, university stakeholders, and special guests Governor Jay Inslee and Denis Hayes, for the grand opening of University of Washington’s new 34kW solar PV installation on top of Mercer Court A dormitory. Artisan began constructing the 128-module array on March 10th.  The student-run and funded project materialized after more than a year of coordination and preparation by the UW Solar Team, Housing and Food Services, the Campus Sustainability Fund, and the...
Seattle Homeowners' New Installation   Homeowners interested in adding solar power to their homes can find the buying process daunting. There are thousands of products on the market that can be combined in a dizzying number of ways. Each product has its own benefits and features, production capacity, and access to incentives.   Rob and Heather came to us knowing what they wanted for their Seattle home. They wanted efficiency, reliability, performance, longevity, and aesthetics from their solar array. They did not want to trade off any one benefit for another....