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)
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...
- own your home or commercial property;
- have a suitable shade-free area for solar collectors (such as roof
space in sound condition); and
- are interested in making a long-term investment to reduce your
Learn more about installing
Solar Electric Systems
However, whether it's the cost, or access to a sunny space, we understand
that solar energy doesn't work on every home.
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.
Learn more about Community Solar