Solar in Action

This section highlights unique and noteworthy solar installations throughout Washington. Solar projects are submitted by companies, homeowners and business owners. To submit a solar project for consideration, please contact info [at] solarwa [dot] org.

Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center Goes Solar

At Little Bit, horses transform the bodies, minds, and spirits of children and adults with disabilities. Little Bit is one of the largest nationally accredited, industry-leading PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) centers and one of the largest full-time therapeutic horsemanship programs in the United States.

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Solora Solar completes system for Wapato-based Green Acres Farms

Recently Solora Solar (with offices in Issaquah and Yakima) has worked on a significantly important project for particular market segment: the farming community in central Washington. Solora Solar has recently completed one of the largest commercial system in Central Washington, 112kW (DC) system in Wapato, Washington for Green Acres Farms, LLC. Green Acres Farms has recently built a new 250,000 ft² hop Kiln facility for their Hops operation, building roof has perfect Southern exposure, which provides a perfect opportunity for them to go solar, reduce their energy cost and claim their energy independence. The system is approximately 112kw (DC) with 437 Trina solar monocrystalline solar modules. This system will qualify for $5000/year of production cash incentive, 30% federal tax incentive and will generate just under 90% of customer current energy need with approximate half a million dollars of saving over next 25 years. In addition, system will qualify for MACRS accelerated depreciation, with system payback between 5-6 years. System will cover roughly 9,000 ft² of the total roof area. Significant positive impact on environment by reducing Green House Gas emission 2,484 tons of CO2 over next 25 years.

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Fairchild Record Search Solar

3400 Capitol Boulevard still looks like any other office building in Tumwater when viewed from the street. However it’s 48 panel solar array makes it unique to every office building around. Owned by Renee Ries, whose business Fairchild Record Search is the main tenant, this building has undergone quite the journey.

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Riverview & Machias Elementary Schools

riverview-solar-array.jpgThe Snohomish School District has included two 100 kW photovoltaic arrays as part of recently-constructed projects, Riverview Elementary School and Machias Elementary School, designed by NAC|Architecture with Hargis Engineers. Both arrays are now operating, providing the District with some relief on its energy bills from Snohomish PUD.

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Building Integrated Photovoltaic Horse Stable

BIPV-Horse-Stable-Solar-Install1.jpgArtisan Electric’s first installation of 2012 was a BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaic) 5.8 kW made-in-Washington system, using 30 Silicon Energy (SiE) 195 Watt Cascade Series modules and the new SiE5300 inverter. The system is installed as the roof of a horse stable owned by Steve Brown and family on Vashon Island, WA.

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