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.

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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Stone Henge Solar

Stone-Henge-Solar1.jpgStone Hedge, a 5,500 square foot home is currently connected to the largest residential grid tied Solar array in Thurston County. Once the contract was signed on August 8th, it was a scramble for workers from Sunset Air Inc. in Lacey to get the 23 KW project completed in time for the 2011 South Sound Solar tour on October 1st.

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Poulsbo Middle School Community Solar Project

Poulsbo-Middle-School-Community-Solar-Project.jpgThe state’s first full size, 75-kW community solar project has been completed on Poulsbo Middle School. Coming on line last March, the project was installed at no cost to the school. Instead, a group of community members financed the installation and are now eligible for up to $5,000 a year in incentive payments.

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Edmonds Community Solar Cooperative pioneers new Cooperative Solar Model

Edmonds-Community-Solar-Cooperative1.JPG36 Snohomish County residents + 7 organizations join forces for a solar “Barn Raising”

Community Solar legislation, passed in 2009, made it possible for renters, condo owners, forest dwellers and thousandaires to share in the triple bottom line of solar energy use. We can: reduce our carbon footprint (good for our planet), provide discounted power to the cities and schools (good for our community), and receive federal, state and utility incentives (good for our wallet).

Edmonds Community Solar Cooperative is a 100% locally owned enterprise set up to make more clean energy under Washington's Community Solar program.

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7.43 kW SunPower PV Array on Membrane Roof

After returning from an extended stay in Denmark, Dan & Rebecca Miller decided it was time to do their part in moving toward a sustainable lifestyle. They stepped up their conservation efforts across the board, and even retired one of their vehicles in exchange for regular bicycle and public transportation use. Only after marinating on the idea of solar for almost a year did the Miller’s finally commit to using solar energy as their home’s primary power source.

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