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Lighting Seattle since 1905 Jorge Carrasco, Superintendent
Global Change
Seattle Federal Courthouse
700 Stewart Street, Seattle

September 2004

Electricity Generation
· 1500 watts DC peak capacity

Solar Equipment
· (5) RWE Schott Solar 300 watt poly-crystalline modules
· SMA Sunny Boy 1800 120VAC inverter
· Cost: $8,225

Project Team
· Seattle City Light
· U.S. General Services Administration
· WSU Northwest Solar Center
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(206) 684-3800

Solar Project - Seattle Federal Courthouse

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Project Summary
Installed in September 2004, this 1500-watt photovoltaic array is the result of a unique partnership of governmental agencies and educational institutions. Seattle City Light joined with the U.S. Department of Energy, General Services Administration, and the Washington State University Energy Program in a collaborative effort to bring the first showcase solar project to the downtown Seattle core.

As the first project on a high-rise building in our region, this project demonstrates the adaptability of new solar technology in a large Northwest commercial setting. Solar modules attached to the roof of the lower, eight-floor portion of the building are oriented flat to minimize shading from adjacent buildings.
   View of solar array from the 11th floor of the Courthouse.
View of solar array from the 11th floor of the Courthouse.

Live Solar Power Data

Seattle City Light has partnered with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation on this report of current and historical solar energy production data.

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