Advancing Solar Energy in Washington State

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Projects of the Month

Portable Solar Power Northwest Solar Rover is literally a solar powerhouse on wheels. Jennifer Brantley partnered with Tom Honey, her former employer and owner of Honey Electric Solar in North Carolina, to design and build a mobile solar trailer that can be rented by the day or week. They designed it to be a quiet, good-looking, portable, and green source of electricity for any outdoor application. The idea was to provide an alternative to loud, gas-guzzling generators and an easy way to avoid the hassle and expense of tying into the electrical grid. Jennifer’s background...
Valley View Sewer District and Water District #125 The Valley View Sewer District and Water District #125 were a bit before their time when they installed a six-panel 1kW solar pv system way back in 2006. Their environmentally conscious decisions continued in 2013 with the purchase of two systems to offset the electric bills of Valley View Sewer District and the Water Sewer District Condo Association created to manage their joint administration building built in 2006. Both the Water and Sewer district serve customers in the City of Tukwila and surrounding area. First, Valley...
Sage Arts Studio Sage Arts Studio at Littlefield Farm, located on a quiet stretch of the Stillaguamish River, was in need of more space for recording, so they embarked on a journey through design and construction of a major addition to an existing building on the Farm.  The most noticeable feature from an exterior view is the large timber-framed addition with a 24 kW PV array.  Puget Sound Solar was approached in 2010 by Fred Forssell, their electrical engineer, with the idea of installing a solar array on the south-facing roof of the studio to provide a clean source of power...
Peninsula Light Gains Solar Momentum Greg Freitag became one of Sunergy Systems’ 600 customers when he decided to go solar back in March 2013. He was among the many Pacific Northwesterners that were skeptical about solar’s capability in our little corner of the world. However, Greg was prompted to explore solar by his son who lives in sunny California.“Living in the cloudy and rainy NW, I erroneously assumed that solar was really not an option.  After reviewing all of the incentives, Federal and State, solar not only became a possibility but it really did make...
Solar Thermal Projects Building Steam In Washington    Solar thermal technology is really gaining steam in Washington State and the Pacific Northwest. The solar thermal project installed in Eastern Washington by Advanced Ingenuitive Technologies LLC is truly a testament to that fact as it heats water to near boiling temperatures and has been doing so for the Erdman family residence for over a year. The William and Deborah Erdman residence in Kennewick, Wa is the home for this solar thermal system that has saved the household nearly $600 in energy costs and helped out the...