Nihonmachi Terrace Apartments
651 S Main Street
· 2.0 kilowatts DC peak capacity
· (12) Sharp 170W modules
· SMA SB 1800W 120VAC
· Seattle City Light
· InterIm CDA
Solar Project - Nihonmachi Terrace
With its vision of how to serve the community and the planet, the InterIm Community Development Association's Nihonmachi Terrace project in the old Nihonmachi, or "Japantown", District of Seattle is anything but dated. The 2 kW solar electric installation funded by Seattle City Light's Green Power Program is visible on the southern wall of the building from Jackson Street.
Nihonmachi Terrace is a $13 million mixed-use, construction project with 50 units of housing for large families, households with a disabled member, and families with children transitioning from homelessness. Seattle's Nihonmachi "is part of the broader fabric and texture of this community, part of Seattle's history and part of the American history," said Joy Shigaki, president of the Seattle Japanese American Citizens League.
Nihonmachi Terrace is also adjacent to the first "green street" project in the International District. The widened sidewalks are graced with abundant landscaping, and a new drainage culvert that captures storm water running off from the Terrace property. The culvert-whose design underscores the history of Seattle's Japantown - channels water through the heart of the Nihonmachi neighborhood to Maynard Avenue, the Denny Woo Community Garden and the City's Kobe Park.