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Merrill Hall
UW Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle 98105

December 2004

Electricity Generation
· 9.6 kilowatts DC peak capacity
· 10,000 kWh per year - estimated

· (32) RWE Schott Solar 300 watt poly-crystalline modules
· (4) SMA Sunny Boy 2500 watt, 208 VAC inverters
· Cost: $45,000

Project Team
· Seattle City Light
· University of Washington
· WSU Northwest Solar Center
· Miller/Hull Partnership
· Aztech Electric
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Project Summary
The UW Center for Urban Horticulture is the first academic center in the U.S. devoted to growing plants in cities. Its complex of buildings lies between the Laurelhurst neighborhood and the Union Bay Natural Area, and its academic and outreach programs attract over 65,000 people a year.

The Center's newly-rebuilt Merrill Hall opened in January of 2005 as the first green building on the UW Seattle campus. Housed in Merrill are the Elisabeth C. Miller Library, the Hyde Herbarium, academic offices and labs, and the WSU Cooperative Extension and Master Gardener offices. Among Merrill's many green features is a stormwater collection system, demonstration green roof, naturally-ventilated offices, renewable and recycled materials, a solar-electric array on the roof of the Library, and exceptional indoor air quality.

  Solar modules mount easily to the building's metal roof.
Solar modules mount easily to the building's metal roof.

Voluntary customer contributions to the Seattle Green Power program enabled Seattle City Light to fund the installation of the 9.6 kW solar array that helps power the lights in Merrill. Classes on solar power and other green building topics are offered to the public through the Center's public outreach program. Link to these classes via the Center's website,

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