Center for Families

Location:
Madison, WI
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
4.00 - kilowatts

 The Center for Families, a Madison, Wisconsin organization that prevents child abuse by strengthening families, hosts the third Renewable School project sponsored by the Vote For Change Renewable Energy Project. The project began During the 2004 Vote for Change tour, when artists such as Stone Gossard, Pearl Jam, REM, Bonnie Raitt and the Dave Matthews Band discussed ways in which they could highlight important global issues and simultaneously provide support to local organizations already working hard to promote... Read full project narrative >>

Seattle University Student Center

Location:
Seattle, WA
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
5.00 - kilowatts

Seattle University's photovoltaic (PV) system installation in 2005 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 staff who installed the system.

The installation consists of a roof-mounted, south wall- and pole-mounted arrays. The solar modules mounted on the Student Center's roof are visible to students living in a residence hall and an... Read full project narrative >>

Seattle Federal Courthouse

Location:
Seattle, WA
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
2.00 - kilowatts

Installed in September 2004, this 1500-watt photovoltaic array is the result of a unique partnership of governmental agencies and educational institutions. Seattle City Light joined with the U.S. Department of Energy, General Services Administration, and the Washington State University Energy Program in a collaborative effort to bring the first showcase solar project to the downtown Seattle core at that time. As the first project on a high-rise building in our region, this project demonstrates the adaptability of new solar technology in a large Northwest commercial setting. 

 Solar... Read full project narrative >>

Woodland Park Zoo - Discovery Barn

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

Woodland Park Zoo's "Family Farm" is no longer just a place for kids to pet goats, sheep and miniature horses. The zoo now teaches families about the wonders of solar energy, a project spearheaded by Seattle Green Power. Contributions to Green Power enabled City Light to fund the installation of a 1.2 kW solar system that helps power the Family Farm's Discovery Barn. It houses work space for Zoo Corps, a program that helps prepare teens for careers in zoology and other environmental sciences; kids classes like "The Spin on Spiders;" a crafts and play area for toddlers; an interactive video... Read full project narrative >>

UW - Mechanical Engineering Building

Location:
Seattle, WA
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
3.00 - kilowatts

In 2002, three University of Washington (UW) students evaluated the feasibility of using solar to generate electricity on the UW campus. They surveyed campus facilities for potential solar sites and explored opportunities for funding. While the student team concluded the cost of PV was still not competitive with conventional energy sources, they recommended the formation of a student organization and small-scale demonstrations to educate the campus community, encourage further research, and advocate for a more energy independent and green-powered university.

In 2003, Mechanical... Read full project narrative >>

UW - Merrill Hall Center for Urban Horticulture

Location:
Seattle, WA
Technology Type:

The University of Washington (UW) Center for Urban Horticulture is the first academic center in the U.S. devoted to growing plants in cities. Its building complex lies between the Laurelhurst neighborhood and the Union Bay Natural Area, and its academic and outreach programs attract more than 65,000 people a year. The Center's rebuilt Merrill Hall opened in January of 2005 as the first green building on the UW Seattle campus. Housed in Merrill are the Elisabeth C. Miller Library, the Hyde Herbarium, academic offices and labs, and the WSU Cooperative Extension and Master Gardener offices.... Read full project narrative >>

Meridian Park School

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

Sparked by a solar-power enthusiast and former schoolteacher, the 2.4-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system installed on Meridian Park Elementary School was the City of Shoreline, Washington's first public solar project. The system, installed on the school's music building, was made possible by the Seattle City Light Green Power program. Thanks to the continued support of Seattle City Light, Meridian Park became the recipient of a Solar 4R SchoolsTM Renewable School project in 2008.

Renewable School projects are designed to build a dedicated community of renewable energy educators... Read full project narrative >>

Ballard High School

Location:
Seattle, WA
Grade Level:
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
0.64 - kilowatts

The oldest continuously operating high school program in Seattle, Washington, Ballard High School installed a 0.64-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system onto the school in October 2003 through the support of its partner Seattle City Light.

The school extended its commitment to renewable energy in July 2008 when they became a recipient of a Renewable Classroom PLUS project from Solar 4R Schools™. In addition to building a dedicated community of renewable energy educators, the Renewable Classroom PLUS project award has transformed the school's PV system into an interactive classroom... Read full project narrative >>

Carkeek Park

Location:
Seattle, WA
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
4.00 - kilowatts

Carkeek Park is Seattle, Washington's premier spot to observe spawning salmon. Every fall from mid-October to mid-December, hundreds of Coho and Chum return to creeks that weave through this urban oasis. Another notable attraction is Seattle City Light's solar project, funded by their customers' generous contributions to the Seattle Green Power program. The 4-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system generates roughly half the electricity needed for Carkeek's Environmental Learning Center (ELC), as well as lighting on the grounds, and other needs. Energy monitoring provided by the Solar 4R Schools... Read full project narrative >>

Beaverton Resource Center

Location:
Beaverton, OR
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
1.00 - kilowatt

 The City of Beaverton added a 1-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system to the roof of its Resource Center to encourage residents to make the switch to green power. The PV installation was funded through an ongoing partnership between Portland General Electric, the Energy Trust of Oregon, Inc. and BEF. 

 In addition to supplying clean electricity, the installation is also a valuable teaching tool thanks to the Solar 4R Schools program. Energy monitoring provided by the Solar 4R Schools program made the live performance data from their PV system available for educational purposes at the... Read full project narrative >>

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