Puget Sound Energy

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) provided funding for the installation of these projects.  These school districts receive on-going financial incentives through both PSE’s Net Metering program and a state renewable energy production payment.  Funding for the Solar Schools Program is made possible through PSE’s Energy Efficiency Services program. To learn more about PSE's programs look for Customer Renewable Generation at www.PSE.com.

Sponsored Projects:

Anacortes High School

Location:
Anacortes, WA
Grade Level:
K
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
1.00 - kilowatt

Kirsten Woodsmith's 2008 senior project involved forming a committee of adult volunteers to install a photovoltaic (PV) system at Anacortes High School. Even after she graduated and moved on to college, her well-written grant proposal was used by the committee to pursue local funding. The Northwest Clean Air Agency provided the majority of the financial support for the PV system itself, while community members (led by Eric Shen), teachers and students carried out the design and installation process in the summer of 2009.

Following the completion

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Bellingham Environmental Learning Center

Location:
Bellingham, WA
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
2.10 - kilowatts

A 2.1 kW demonstration solar installation is shining a light on the City of Bellingham’s commitment to clean, renewable energy. The solar electric power system has been installed on the roof of the city’s Environmental Learning Center at Maritime Heritage Park and is designed to educate visitors to the center on the functions and benefits of solar electric power, while providing clean energy to help offset a portion of the facility’s electricity use. Energy monitoring provided to the Center has connected the live... Read full project narrative >>

Bremerton High School

Location:
Bremerton, WA
Grade Level:
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
2.20 - kilowatts

The Bremerton School District is committed to energy efficiency and renewable energy. As of 2011, the district had invested more than $1 million in energy efficiency improvements districtwide through a variety of grants and partnerships (see link).

Through a partnership with Puget Sound Energy, Bremerton High School was awarded a photovoltaic (PV) system installed by local contractor, SunWind Concepts. Ten 230-Watt solar modules produce up to 2.20-kilowatts,... Read full project narrative >>

Coupeville Middle and High School

Location:
Coupeville, WA
Grade Level:
6th
7th
8th
PV System Size:
1.84 - kilowatts

As a Renewable School, Coupeville Middle and High School is building a dedicated community of renewable energy educators, generating clean energy through their awarded 1.84-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system, and leveraging educational resources provided by Solar 4R Schools to bring energy topics to life in their classrooms.

Coupeville School facilities are the main community center for Coupeville and Island County events, hosting thousands of people from over 60 different organizations and educational events each year. This provides an ideal opportunity to educate both the... Read full project narrative >>

Echo Glen Children's Center

Location:
Snoqualmie, WA

Renewable Classroom projects are designed to build a dedicated community of renewable energy educators within a single school or district, led by a designated "Teacher Champion." Thanks to the generous support of Puget Sound Energy, educators within Echo Glen Children's Center received a customized renewable energy teacher training, hands-on science kit materials to augment the school's existing curricula, and complete access to the resources available on the Solar4RSchools.org website.  Read full project narrative >>

Griffin Elementary School

Location:
Olympia, WA
Grade Level:
K
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
2.00 - kilowatts

The Griffin School District Solar Project was developed in collaboration with South Sound Solar, Inc., BEF and Puget Sound Energy. The project included the installation of a 2-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system onto Griffin Elementary School in Olympia, Washington. The six REC 215 panels feed a PV-powered 1,100-Watt inverter that synchronizes with the three phase commercial power that feeds the school. The unique structure uses the panels themselves as the roof, and the surrounding landscape allows for easy access to the system.

In addition to building a dedicated community of... Read full project narrative >>

Hazen High School

Location:
Renton, WA
Grade Level:
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
2.00 - kilowatts

As a Renewable School, Hazen High School in Renton, Washington is building a dedicated community of renewable energy educators, generating clean energy through their on-site 2.02-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system and leveraging the system's performance data as an educational tool to bring energy topics to life in their classrooms.

The PV system installation was completed in March of 2010 and is located on the south wall of the school near the entrance creating a visible example that the Renton School District's commitment to renewable energy. The power generated from the array... Read full project narrative >>

Interlake High School

Location:
Bellevue, WA
Grade Level:
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
4.20 - kilowatts

As a Renewable School, Interlake High School in Bellevue, Washington is building a dedicated community of renewable energy educators, generating clean energy through their photovoltaic (PV) system and leveraging the system's performance data as an educational tool to bring energy topics to life in their classrooms. The PV system features a 4.2-kilowatt array of twenty-four 175 watt PV modules. Under full sun conditions, the system could light more than 300 compact fluorescent light bulbs. The system will produce more than 4,280 kilowatt-hours of clean, renewable energy annually.

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Issaquah Fish Hatchery

Location:
Issaquah, WA
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
1.00 - kilowatt

In May 2008, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) funded the installation of a photovoltaic (PV) system at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery to introduce visitors to renewable energy technology and provide them with an opportunity to explore global energy issues in an interactive, hands-on way. The project is part of PSE's broader effort to encourage more widespread adoption of renewable energy technology. Thanks to the support of PSE, energy monitoring awarded to the Issaquah Fish Hatchery by the Solar 4R Schools program connected real-time performance data from their 1-kilowatt PV system for educational... Read full project narrative >>

Liberty High School

Location:
Renton, WA
Grade Level:
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
2.02 - kilowatts

Thanks to the generous support of Puget Sound Energy, Liberty High School received a 2.02-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system installation in August 2009. The system is mounted on a dual-axis tracker and Enphase microinverter technology, thanks to support from the Issaquah Schools Foundation, which allows the solar arrays to track the sun as it moves through the sky. 

As a Renewable School, Liberty High School is building a dedicated community of renewable energy educators, generating clean energy through their awarded PV system, and leveraging the system's performance data as an... Read full project narrative >>

Marshall Middle School

Location:
Olympia, WA
Grade Level:
6th
7th
8th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
1.00 - kilowatt

As a Renewable School, Marshall Middle School in Olympia, Washington is building a dedicated community of renewable energy educators, generating clean energy through their 1-kilowatt photovoltaic system, and leveraging the system's performance data as an educational tool to bring energy topics to life in their classrooms.

Thanks to a grant from Puget Sound Energy, students at Olympia's Marshall Middle School can now study renewable energy first hand. The 1.1 kW solar photovoltaic demonstration project, dedicated on October 23, 2008, enables students to explore how clean, renewable... Read full project narrative >>

Mercer Island High School

Location:
Mercer Island, WA
Grade Level:
9th
Renewable Classroom projects are designed to build a dedicated community of renewable energy educators within a single school or district, led by a designated "Teacher Champion." Thanks to generous support from Puget Sound Energy in 2010, educators within Mercer Island High School received a customized renewable energy teacher training, hands-on science kit materials to augment the school's existing curricula, and complete access to the resources available on the Solar4RSchools.org website. Read full project narrative >>

Millennium Elementary School

Location:
Kent, WA
Grade Level:
K
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
2.00 - kilowatts

As a Renewable School, Millennium Elementary in Kent, Washington is building a dedicated community of renewable energy educators, generating clean energy through their 2-kilowatt photovoltaic system as an educational tool to bring energy topics to life in their classrooms. The project helps support the science and technology programs at the school. This project was funded by Puget Sound Energy and was installed by A&R Solar.

In 2010, educators within the school received a customized renewable energy teacher training, hands-on science kit materials to augment the school's... Read full project narrative >>

Port Townsend High School

Location:
Port Townsend, WA
Grade Level:
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
1.02 - kilowatts

In February 2008, Port Townsend High School became the first Olympic Peninsula school to participate in BEF’s Solar 4R Schools program and the fifth such installation supported by Puget Sound Energy (PSE) since 2004.

As a Renewable School, Port Townsend High School is building a dedicated community of renewable energy educators, generating clean energy through their 1.02-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system and leveraging the system's performance data as an educational tool to bring energy topics to life in their classrooms. Port Townsend High School students and teachers have... Read full project narrative >>

Puget Sound Electrical - JATC

Location:
Renton, WA
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
11.00 - kilowatts

A 9-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system was installed on the Puget Sound Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee’s (PSEJATC) Training Center in 2005. It was the first phase of a proposed 50-kilowatt system. PSEJATC provides training for 2,000 journey-level electricians and 600 state-certified apprentices.

This project will substantially increase the number of electricians qualified to design and install solar power systems, removing a critical bottleneck to the regional expansion of this fast-growing technology. The PV system will allow PSEJATC to expand its 16-hour... Read full project narrative >>

Redmond High School

Location:
Redmond, WA
Grade Level:
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
22.00 - kilowatts

In 2006, Burke Electric installed a 6-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system onto Redmond High School (RHS) in Redmond, Washington. This initial system has since been expanded and enhanced by GC Solar to nearly 22-kilowatts and represents a significant investment by the district and the school. The system enhances Redmond High School’s well-deserved reputation as a leader in sustainable design and technology, and provides a demonstrable means of educating students on the functions and benefits of solar electric power at no financial cost to the school.

Thanks to the support of Puget... Read full project narrative >>

Sonoji Sakai Intermediate

Location:
Bainbridge Island, WA
Grade Level:
5th
6th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
5.00 - kilowatts

Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School was built in 1999 and has won awards for its “green” design. The lights turn off automatically, the school has bioswales that protect the salmon stream behind it and it is built on registered backyard wildlife habitat.

As a Renewable School, Sonoji Sakai Intermediate school in Bainbridge Island, Washington is building a dedicated community of renewable energy educators, generating clean energy through their 5.1-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system, and leveraging the system's performance data as an educational tool to bring energy topics to life in... Read full project narrative >>

South Whidbey High School

Location:
Langley, WA
Grade Level:
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
1.60 - kilowatts

As a Renewable School, South Whidbey High School in Langley, Washington is building a dedicated community of renewable energy educators, generating clean energy through their 1.6-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system, and leveraging the system as an educational tool to bring energy topics to life in their classrooms.

The project reflects the community’s commitment to educate students and community members about sustainable power and transportation. The PV system and accompanying electric vehicle recharging station were installed on the roof of the sports stadium by the community,... Read full project narrative >>

Sunrise Elementary School

Location:
Redmond, WA
Grade Level:
K
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th

Renewable Classroom projects are designed to build a dedicated community of renewable energy educators within a single school or district, led by a designated “Teacher Champion.” In 2010, educators within Sunrise Elementary School in Redmond, Washington received a customized renewable energy teacher training, hands-on science kit materials to augment the school's existing curricula, and complete access to the resources available on the Solar4RSchools.org website... Read full project narrative >>

Tahoma Senior High School

Location:
Covington, WA
Grade Level:
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
1.00 - kilowatt

Students in Outdoor Academy, Global Academy, AP Environmental Science and other classes look forward to the "real world" applications the solar array will provide in their studies of renewable and alternative energy.

We are grateful to Puget Sound Energy for a $16,550 grant, Puget Sound Solar for system installation services and the Tahoma School District for making our solar project possible. Read full project narrative >>

Thomas Jefferson High School

Location:
Lakeland North, WA
Grade Level:
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
1.10 - kilowatts

As a Renewable School, Thomas Jefferson High School in Auburn, Washington is building a dedicated community of renewable energy educators, generating clean energy through their 1.1-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system, and leveraging the system's performance data as an educational tool to bring energy topics to life in their classrooms.

In 2008, educators within the school received a customized renewable energy teacher training, hands-on science kit materials to augment the school's existing curricula, and complete access to the resources available on the Solar4RSchools.org website.... Read full project narrative >>

Vashon Island High School

Location:
Vashon, WA
Grade Level:
9th
Technology Type:

Puget Sound Energy installed a 1.47-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system onto Vashon Island High School in the fall of 2010. You can view the energy production data here.

The school extended their commitment to renewable energy education when they received a Renewable Classroom project from Solar 4R Schools. Renewable Classroom projects are designed to build a dedicated community of renewable energy educators within a single school or district, led by a designated “Teacher Champion.” Educators... Read full project narrative >>

Washington Middle School - Olympia

Location:
Olympia, WA
Grade Level:
7th
8th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
1.02 - kilowatts

As the fourth in a series of Solar 4R Schools projects supported by Puget Sound Energy, the Renewable School project at Washington Middle School in Olympia, Washington showcases solar technology as part of the utility's ongoing efforts to promote the use of renewable energy.

As a Renewable School, Washington Middle School in Olympia, Washington is building a dedicated community of renewable energy educators, generating clean energy through their 1.02-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system, and leveraging the system's performance data as an educational tool to bring energy topics to life... Read full project narrative >>

Western Washington University

Location:
Bellingham, WA
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
1.98 - kilowatts

On May 21, 2008, Western Washington University dedicated its new Solar Demonstration Project and became the first university in the Solar 4R Schools program. The 1.98 kW solar array generates about 2,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, depending on the amount of sunlight. Students were able to check the system’s activity on the interactive information kiosk inside the Viking Union and the next phase of the project included system monitors in campus buildings that show how much power the buildings used in comparison to what the solar array generated. Read full project narrative >>