Solar Washington

Advancing Solar Energy in Washington State

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Solar Washington is a 501c3 nonprofit organization promoting the development and effective use of solar and renewable energy with concern for the economic, environmental and social fabric of Washington. Support solar in Washington by becoming a member today. Click to join the effort! Do you have a question about solar? Click here to ask us!

 

 

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Project of the Month - May 2016

New Solar System at Terry’s Corner on Camano Island

There is a new building at Terry’s Corner on Camano Island at the intersection of Highway 532, Sunrise Boulevard and North Camano Drive. Owned by Camano Island Coffee Roasters, it houses an art gallery, a chiropractic clinic and the coffee roasters offices. On top, there is a new Made-in-WA solar system to help power the offices. The 9.8 KW system, comprised of 35 Itek Energy panels and 2 Itek Solectria inverters made in Bellingham, was funded in part with a USDA Rural Development grant that reimbursed 25% of the cost.
 
Fire Mountain Solar of Mount Vernon designed the system and oversaw the installation. The solar system is anticipated to generate more power than the (brand new) Coffee Roasters offices will use; excess power will be aggregated to another building on the property also owned and occupied by Camano Island Coffee Roasters. The system was sales tax exempt, another example of the state incentives to encourage adoption of solar.
 
Photo credit: Mike Nestor of Camano Island with a drone. Story provided courtesy of Fire Mountain Solar
 
 

Solar Washington May 2016 General Meeting Review

The May 2016 SW General Meeting took place Wednesday, May 4 in Seattle. The May General Meeting featured the following presenters and topics:
 
Post 2016 Legislative Session Discussion
  • Jeremy Smithson, Policy Director of Solar Installers of Washington; Founder of Puget Sound Solar
  • Bruce Speight, Executive Director of Environment Washington, WashPIRG and WashPIRG Foundation
 
Presentations on next generation materials and systems for solar energy capture
  • Dane deQuilettes, Graduate Student, Chemistry, University of Washington's Clean Energy Institute
  • Zhaoxia Qian, Washington Research Foundation Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow in Clean Energy, Ginger Research Lab and Masiello Group, University of Washington's Clean Energy Institute

Click to access presentation files and audio from the meeting.


About Solar Washington's General Meetings

Solar Washington presents its General Meetings as an informative forum for industry personnel, homeowners and solar enthusiasts. Our meetings present an excellent opportunity to network with industry representatives as well as learn about current products, services and issues surrounding the solar industry in Washington State. Open to all solar enthusiasts though donations of $5 or other amounts from non-Solar Washington members and sponsors are welcome to offset the costs of holding the meeting. Thanks to Solar Washington's members and sponsors for making our General Meetings possible. If you or your company are not a member or sponsor of Solar Washington, become one today. Click to become a member or sponsor. If you wish to share your comments about our meetings or have an idea for a presentation, please email info@solarwa.org.
 
Thanks to Solar Washington's members and sponsors for making our bi-monthly General Meetings possible. 

Save the date! Next Washington State Solar Summit.

October 14 & 15, 2016

Shoreline Community College

Agenda, speakers and additional info coming soon!

The 2015 Washington State Solar Summit was held October 9 & 10, 2015 at Shoreline Community College and was presented by Solar Washington. The Solar Summit was an annual gathering of solar industry stakeholders including installers, manufacturers, utilities, municipalities, nonprofits, legislators and others discussing important issues and opportunities for the solar industry in Washington.

Click to for the agenda and more information.

Utilities & Municipalities

Solar Washington has provided a comprehensive list of utilities and municipalities in Washington state with links to relevant information concerning each utility's net metering and interconnection processes and more. Click for the list.

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