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Projects of the Month

Episcopal Church of the Redeemer   A Kenmore church designed in the mid-1960s by prominent Northwest architect Roland Terry has gone solar. Last month Episcopal Church of the Redeemer celebrated the completion of a year-long solar project, a gift to the church financed by the late John Pearson who was a parishioner and solar energy enthusiast.     The 90-panel system installed by West Seattle Natural Energy (WSNE) is the largest array on a noncommercial building in northern King County and one of only a couple of installations on churches around the Puget...
Featured Project: Lake Union Houseboat   One of Seattle’s iconic houseboats now is partly powered by solar energy. Limited roof space didn’t stop William Donnelly from installing a solar system on his floating home on Lake Union. For Donnelly, going solar was less about financial savings and more about being a pioneer in the clean energy movement while motivating others in the Eastlake community to do the same.   Donnelly’s system is relatively small in comparison to most residential solar installations. It consists of just 10 south-facing...
Skagit Community Solar Project   As one of the semi-finalists competing for the Georgetown University Energy Prize, the City of Anacortes has been stepping up efforts to increase energy efficiency and awareness in its community. In addition to offering ongoing community presentations and workshops on energy efficiency, the City has contracted with the Skagit Community Solar Project to manage the process of adding solar to several buildings in the community.   Western Solar first partnered with the Skagit Community Solar Project for their inaugural project in July...
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,...