Solar Washington

Advancing Solar Energy in Washington State

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Solar Washington is a nonprofit organization composed of people, companies, programs and organizations working to advance the solar industry in our state. We are an association of solar energy equipment owners, manufacturers, system integrators, distributors, dealers, designers, installers, consultants, students, teachers, and solar enthusiasts. Through education and networking, we promote the development and effective use of solar and renewable energy with concern for the economic, environmental and social fabric of Washington.

Women in Solar Energy Meeting Held in Seattle

On Tuesday, Feb 24th, as part of the NationWISE Roundtable event, women and men got together to have a conversation about how to get and keep more women in the solar industry. Brought together by the newly formed Women In Solar Energy, a nonprofit organization with the mission of advancing women in all aspects of the solar energy industry, there were 14 meetings across the US and including one in Seattle! Our local group included women from local installation companies, community advocates, international consulting firms and UW students.
 
The conversation was started by three panelists talking about their experiences: Gwen Bender from Vaisala Inc, Seema Gosh from Black and Veatch and Linda Irvine from NW SEED and MC’ed by Renee Kenny of Vaisala Inc. Everyone had an opportunity to be part of the discussion, the results of which were to send three recommendations to be part of the national conversation including the need for a mentorship program, an increase in the visibility of women in the industry, and the need to get more young women interested in solar at an earlier age.
 

Solar Washington Presents to Discovery Corp Youth

Representatives from Solar Washington's Board of Directors gave a Solar 101 presentation to members of the Pacific Science Center's Discovery Corps on Saturday, March 7 in Seattle. The Discovery Corps is a youth development program putting young people on the front line of Pacific Science Center's mission to inspire a lifelong interest in science, math and technology.
 
Solar Washington Board members and industry professionals David Nicol, Dean Van Vleet and Julie Wilcox (pictured left along with Discovery Corps students) presented the ins and outs of solar including how solar works, its applications, how panels are made, where its used and more. Students were given an overview of the materials used in the creation of solar wafers and panels, were given the opportunity to get a hands-on look at sample panels, and get a proverbial master class from professionals in the industry. 

Project of the Month - March 2015

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 to building small, decent, affordable, and “long term sustainable” energy efficient homes. HFHKC has built individual homes on single lots and full neighborhoods in Kitsap County. The first homes that included solar power were complete in 2011. Harris Court will be HFHKC's 4th neighborhood and the largest project completed in which all of the homes have solar panels on the roof. Once complete, it will be largest single family home solar neighborhood in Washington State. Says HFHKC's Director Daryl Daugs, "Habitat for Humanity has a long history of being on the leading edge of building homes that are green and sustainable.  Our goal is to move families out of substandard housing into owning a home that is affordable for the long term. Moving into solar PV is a natural progression."
 

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