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Spruce Street School
914 Virginia Street, Seattle

March 2006

Electricity Generation
· 1.3 kilowatts DC peak capacity

Solar Equipment
· 8) Sharp 165 watt multi-crystalline modules
· SMA Sunny Boy 1800 watt 120 VAC inverter
· Cost: $6,557

Project Team
· Seattle City Light
· Spruce Street School
· WSU Northwest Solar Center
· Elmecco Electrical Contractors
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Solar Project - Spruce Street School

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Project Summary
Spruce Street School now occupies a renovated building in the Denny Triangle Neighborhood. Construction started in May 2005 and included a Playground in the Sky. Not only are children able to play on the roof, but as part of the vision to create a greener building the school added solar panels to one section of the rooftop. The 8 solar panels were installed in March 2006 and instantly began to generate excitement and anticipation among the students and staff - along with solar energy!

The solar panels, also known as "solar electric modules", provide real learning in real time about the critical issues around power production and consumption. Seeing green power in action brings the learning into their world. David Stitzhal, a parent at the school led the effort to bring solar panels to the roof. The utility meter is strategically placed so the students have easy access and can integrate the information into class projects and studies.

  A small portion of Spruce Street School's roof now generates green power.
A small portion of Spruce Street School's roof now generates green power.

Spruce Street School was founded in 1982, and is Seattle's only downtown elementary school. The school offers highly personalized instruction, focused on students' social-emotional development and academic excellence. At Spruce Street School, students are encouraged to anchor their learning in real-world applications, preparing them to be enthusiastic lifelong learners and able contributors to society.

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