Does Solar Energy Work in Seattle?
Seattle City Light customers are installing solar equipment on their homes and businesses - and in greater numbers every year. While we are known for our cloudy skies, Seattle receives more sunlight than Germany, the world's leading solar market.
Types of Solar Energy Systems
Solar energy can be used to produce electricity or heat water…
Solar Electric Systems (also called Photovoltaic or "PV" systems) convert sunlight directly into electricity you can use in your home or business. With a solar electric system, you pay less for electricity from Seattle City Light. If your system produces more electricity than you need at any given time, it will supply the grid, spinning your utility meter backwards. This process is called "net metering."
Solar Hot Water Systems use the sun's heat to preheat water before it enters your conventional water heater. With a solar water heater, you pay less for the electricity or natural gas that you normally use to heat your water.
Is Solar Right for You?
Installing a solar system on your property may make sense if you…
However, whether it's the cost, or access to a sunny space, we understand that solar energy doesn't work on every home.
Community Solar opportunities are emerging to overcome these barriers to solar energy use. Just as a P-patch affords the bounty of a garden to those without their own space at home, Community Solar can provide solar energy and its associated financial benefits to a multitude of participants.
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