There are some forward thinking people in our city aren’t there? A testament to this is the recent Solarize SW Seattle Project that, by May of this year, will have left South West Seattle with nearly 2700 solar panels powering the homes of local residents with clean, green, solar power. All of this in a matter of 5 months!
Were any of the Solarize SW Seattle systems installed in your neighborhood? Click below to see the map.
Aside from the cost savings, increased home value, and environmental benefits, the intangibles of the Solarize Project coming to town include:
- More Education: 500 people attended the Solarize educational seminars and learned about how solar works in WA
- More Visibility: You can’t go down 35th or California without seeing a solar array up!
- More Philanthropy: Highland Park Improvement Club was the recipient of a 4.4kW solar system and the Burien City Hall received an electric car charging station!
This is what going solar looks like:
Number Nerd? Here are some solar numbers to ponder:
- Solarize SW Seattle came in 2nd place at 684 kilo-watt’s (KW’s) next only to Solarize Central/SE Seattle in terms of solar capacity.
- 1 KW of solar = ~4 solar panels (@250 watts each)
- Average Amount of electricity 1 KW produces in Seattle: ~1000 kWh’s per year (check your electric bill to get a feel for how much power this is)
- Average system size of Solarize SW: 6.16 KW’s (~24 panels).
- Number of Installations: 111
This Solarize Project happened because a core group of experienced non-profits and (50) neighborhood volunteers worked hard to get the word out, coordinate the educational sessions, and vet the installation contractors. A big thank you to the groups, volunteers, contractors, and homeowners who made this effort a big success. You’re pushing us forward and that’s a good direction to head!
The contractors who served the campaign were Puget Sound Solar and Artisan Electric.. Although this Solarize campaign is over, the Solarize contractors are still offering free home site assessments. Contact them directly to see if solar can work for you.