The Suquamish Tribe held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of a solar array project on the roof of the Family and Friend's Center (ʔiišədalʔtxʷ ʔə ti suq̓ʷabš). The celebration featured interactive and educational activities designed to engage younger community members on the benefits of solar power, including an overview of career pathways to get a foothold in the clean energy industry. The solar-powered electricity expected to be generated every year is equivalent to avoiding 21.2 metric tons of CO2 or 52,711 miles driven by an average gasoline-powered passenger vehicle or the electricity to power over 4 homes (*).
For the ceremony, Tribal Chairman Leonard Forsman was joined by Washington State Senator Christine Rolfes, Puget Sound Energy Renewable Energy Programs Manager Heather Mulligan, and Sphere Solar Energy's founder and CEO, Edwin Wanji. All expressed their commitment to a more equitable and inclusive clean energy future. With an uplifting traditional performance shared over Suquamish fry bread, the synergies between this important project's successful completion and the Tribe's goals for a healthier environment, while lowering operating costs, were enjoyed by the 90+ attendees.
- System size: 32.6 kW
- Projected Energy production: 29,965 kWh/yr
- Energy offset estimate: 77%
- Number of solar panels: 68 (480 watt - Q cell solar panels)
(*) Source: https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator