Advancing Solar Energy in Washington State

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Projects of the Month

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...
OutBack Power Expands Headquarters, Adds Solar for Training, Product Testing OutBack Power, a manufacturer and designer of advanced power conversion components and systems for renewable energy and other applications, faces increasing demand for renewable energy systems in North American and international markets such as India, Asia, and Central and Latin America. This was one driver for OutBack’s 2013 expansion to a 42,000 square-foot facility in Arlington, Washington, which includes a new training center for installer and electrical contractor classes in photovoltaics (PV...
The Greenwood Hardware Store The Greenwood Hardware Store has been a pillar of its community for 65 years.  Not only has the business stood the test of time, but they are looking to the future as well.  A recent remodel has expanded their floor space to allow them to provide more energy-efficient and green products. The building owners support the store’s goals of building stronger community.  So together with A&R Solar, a Seattle solar company, they began to look at solar energy options for the existing and new buildings.  After working with two...
The Bullitt Center – 244 kW Solar System Installation Project Description: The Bullitt Center, the greenest commercial building in the world, uses a 244kW rooftop photovoltaic “PV” system to produce as much electricity as the building and its tenants will use each year.  The project is pursuing the ambitious Living Building Challenge 2.0. One of the most notable aspects of The Bullitt Center will be achieving the goals of the Living Building Challenge (version 2.0), as described by the International Living Building Institute.  To be certified as a Living...
The Benny's Renewable Remodel   In late 2008 we realized the opportunity to remodel and move into a home that had been in our family since the late 1950's.  We wanted to incorporate the latest energy conscious design elements into the home construction itself and add alternative energy to complement the home's design.  The site for the home is situated on a bluff overlooking Puget Sound and is an ideal site for alternative energy, both solar electric and wind energy.  Our interest in wind energy led us to meet with Keith Hughes of West Seattle...