Advancing Solar Energy in Washington State

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Projects of the Month

Rents Due Ranch, Stanwood, WA   Farmer Mike Shriver of Rents Due Ranch of Stanwood attended a workshop back in February 2015 to learn about funding available to farmers to help them reduce their electric bills by having a solar system installed. Not one to sit still for long, Mike stood for most of the workshop. When he left, he took away a key point. The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), sponsored by the USDA, received funding in the 2014 federal Farm Bill passed and thus had more money than ever before to help farmers go solar through grants that cover 25% of the...
KidsQuest Children's Museum, Bellevue, WA   A solar installation in tights and capes? Yes, of course. It was for the kids.   Solar Superheroes descended upon the steep pitched roof of Bellevue’s KidsQuest Children’s Museum in the rain and wind in early September to install a solar array. A&R Solar donated the system–valued at $25,000–to the museum as part of the Solarize Bellevue campaign.   Stunned citizens watched in amazement as solar superheroes performed the super-install. The donation, part of the City of Bellevue...
Town & Country Market, Bainbridge Island   Environmental concerns topped the list for Town & Country Market when they first looked at solar. After attending a Solar Workshop and working with Greg Williams, one of the employee-owners of Sunergy Systems, the T&C owners felt that solar was part of the answer to their mounting electrical bills. As responsible grocers, the owners of Town & Country Market made the decision to purchase a 120-panel photovoltaic system to offset some of their electrical usage and make a positive environmental statement.  ...
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...