‘Ride for Community Solar’ Event Helps Power Local Schools

Seattle Parks and Recreation announces Shine On Seattle’s “Ride for Community Solar,” a community fundraiser on Oct. 9 that connects Seattle schools and select community centers with a solar energy opportunity in Seattle Parks. Participants will ride as sponsors for their school of choice. Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase shares for local schools in Seattle’s groundbreaking Community Solar Project, a collaboration between Seattle City Light and Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Public Utilities to install solar panels on three picnic shelters at Jefferson Park in Beacon Hill.


The family-friendly 10-mile ride will take place on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 9 a.m., starting and ending at Gas Works Park. The route will follow the Burke-Gilman Trail for five miles toward Magnuson Park and back. Registration and check-in begin at 8:00 am. Tickets are $30 per participant on the day of the ride. Tickets are available at shineonseattle.eventbrite.com and are tax-deductible.

Shine On Seattle is raising funds to buy shares for schools in the Community Solar Project so that schools and select community centers will receive energy credits on their bills.

How it works:

  • A total of five hundred solar units are available to purchase for $600 per unit. Customers can purchase a maximum of two units. Seattle City Light will credit each customer’s bill a portion of the energy generated each year until 2020 when the Community Solar Project ends.
  • In addition to energy credits, each designated school will receive a recognition plate that will become a permanent part of the Community Solar Project picnic shelter.

The event is sponsored by Umpqua Bank, CoolMom, Honest Tea, Gregg’s Cycle and Bicycle Heroes. Shine On Seattle is alsosupported by Washington Green Schools, Northwest SEED, Solar Washington, Sustainable Ballard, Sustainable Magnolia, Sustainable Queen Anne, Sustainable Wallingford, and Spokespeople.

“CoolMom is happy to support Shine on Seattle,” said Terri Glaberson, Executive Director of CoolMom. “What an innovative energy saving project!”

“This fun ride is an opportunity for families to come together in support of green energy in our local schools,” said Lisa Allen, co-chair of Sustainable Queen Anne. “It is going to be a great event!”

For more information, please visit www.shineonseattle.org.

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