Seattle’s municipal utility, City Light, partnered with Seattle Parks and Recreation in its first community solar project completed in 2011 with assistance from NorthWest SEED (Sustainable Energy for Economic Development). They built three picnic shelters in Jefferson Park with roofs constructed of solar panels. The project will produce 24,000 kWh of electricity per year “enough to run 3 households or brew 146,000 pots of coffee”. Any Seattle resident could participate by paying a one-time fee of $600 per panel. Participants get credits on their electric bill for their share of the power produced plus state incentives. With over 450 residents participating, the pilot project was a big success and plans are underway for a second project.
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