Advancing Solar Energy in Washington State

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Projects of the Month

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....
Seattle Aquarium -  49.4kW Solar PV Installation The Seattle Aquarium's PV array is the largest aquarium solar installation on the West Coast.  The project is a partnership between the Aquarium and Seattle City Light and is the second solar project in their Community Solar program.   NW Wind & Solar, a division of SME Inc. of Seattle designed and installed the PV array on historic Pier 59. Project Details 247-PV modules and 10-string inverters, all Made in Washington, make this an all around local community project that qualifies for Washington’s...
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...