Seattle University Student Center

Seattle, WA
  • As of 4:06pm PDT
  • Power
    283.0 W
  • Irradiance
    0.0 W/m2
  • Temperature
  • Lifetime
  • 47,237.5 kWh
    66,132.5 lbs of CO2 Avoided


Mostly Cloudy at 3:53pm
63 °F/17 °C
Mostly Cloudy at 3:53pm
Wind direction: NE
Wind speed: 7 mph

System Specs

5.0 kW
This week, Seattle University Student Center generated Kilowatt-hours of electricity.From fossil-fueled sources, this amount of electricity would have emitted lbs of CO2 into the atmosphere.

This could power:

  • An electric toothbrush for
  • A 42" plasma-screen television for
  • A typical video game system for

Seattle University's solar electric installation was a joint effort between seniors in the School of Science and Engineering and the Facilities department. The students determined the best location for the solar panels, sized the system, designed the mounting system and electrical connections, and provided engineering support to Facilities who installed the system. Seattle City Light and the NW Solar Center provided technical support to both the student team and facilities staff who installed the solar components and the web-based monitoring system.

The installation consists of three types of mounted arrays: a roof, south-wall and pole. The solar panels mounted on the Student Center's roof are visible to students living in a residence hall and an apartment building. The solar panels mounted on the Student Center's south wall are visible to both car and foot traffic on East James and East Cherry Streets. The pole-mounted solar array on the Student Center's south side is visible to foot traffic on campus and street traffic.