Seattle's Sustainable Energy Future
Welcome to Seattle Community Solar, a new program bringing customers together to support an innovative solar project for a sustainable energy future. City Light's initial project is now completed and working at Jefferson Park
to convey the clear message: Solar Works in Seattle!
Community Solar at Jefferson Park
City Light partnered with Seattle Parks and Recreation to build three new picnic shelters with roofs made of solar electric panels. The shelters are part solar power plant and part gathering place to educate and inspire visitors. The project is estimated to produce 24,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean, renewable electricity each year-enough to run 3 households or brew 146,000 pots of coffee.
Map and driving directions here.
The Seattle Community Solar story
Seattle's Community Solar roots go back to 2008, when the U.S. Department of Energy awarded a grant to Seattle as one of 25 Solar America Cities. Despite a seemingly less-than-ideal climate for solar power, the department recognized Seattle's solar potential, forward thinking and initiative for solar energy development. Project efforts confirmed that the greatest barrier to widespread solar energy use in Seattle isn't our climate-it's awareness, planning, infrastructure and economics. Seattle City Light is working to overcome each of those hurdles, and Community Solar is a major step in that plan.
In 2009, the WA State legislature created new renewable energy production incentives for Community Solar which doubled existing incentive rates.
Seattle was awarded a second grant from the Department of Energy Solar America Cities Program in 2010. This special project award was specifically for the development and launch of a Seattle City Light community solar program.
We're here to help
To learn more about Community Solar:
Phone: 206-684-3800 (translation services available)
Seattle City Light
Attn: Community Solar Program Manager
PO Box 34023
Seattle, WA 98124-4023
Contact an Energy Advisor
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