First home gets solar panels through Solarize Seattle: Northeast tomorrow

By Michael Harthorne

Tomorrow, crews will install solar panels on the first of more than 50 Seattle homes that will receive the panels by this summer through Solarize Seattle: Northeast.

Solarize Seattle: Northeast is a partnership between Northwest SEED and Sustainable NE Seattle to make solar energy more affordable and attainable for residents of northeast Seattle, including View Ridge, the University District, Green Lake and Lake City.

The community is invited to drop by at noon March 7 to watch the installation and learn more about how solar panels and the Solarize Seattle project work.

By this summer, Solarize Seattle: Northeast plans to have installed solar panels at 50 houses that will generate enough electricity to completely power 22 homes for a year.

More than 215 residents in the 98105, 98115 and 98125 zip codes have registered for the program. And, Solarize Seattle: Northeast is still accepting applications through April 23.

For more information, attend a free educational workshop from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. March 24 at the Northgate Public Library.

Solarize Seattle has already had successful stints in Queen Anne and Magnolia.

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Appeared in KOMO Communities on March 6, 2012.

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