A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Community solar project being installed at Phinney Center

August 18th, 2014 by Doree

Crews have been working to install the first North Seattle community solar project at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. The solar panels themselves will be installed today.


On the roof of the PNA’s Blue Building, with Green Lake in the background. Photo courtesy Puget Sound Solar.

Woodland Park Zoo also is getting two large photovoltaic solar arrays as part of the same project, which is sponsored by Seattle City Light. Together, the zoo and the PNA’s arrays will comprise about 74 kilowatts of solar.

Customers can buy one or more units for $150 each. Investors will receive annual City Light energy credits and Washington State incentive payments until 2020, when the solar systems will belong completely to the PNA and the zoo.

Update: Here are two pictures of the first panels being installed today. (Thanks to the PNA for the photos.)



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Learn more about solar energy for your home at Solarize Seattle Northwest workshop on Jan. 26

January 17th, 2013 by Doree

Solarize Seattle – Northwest is hosting a free solar energy workshop at the Phinney Neighborhood Association on Jan. 26. Solarize Seattle is a bulk-buying program that provides discounts, low-interest loans, and vetted contractors to program participants. (Note: A second bulk-buying solar energy program, Go Solar Seattle Northwest, also is operating in the neighborhood.)

Those who install solar power in their homes receive a federal tax credit, annual state renewable energy incentives, utility credits and a state sales tax waiver.

The workshop is from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Register for the workshop online.

If you can’t attend, you have three later workshops to choose from: 6:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20, Sunset Hill Community Center; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, March 16, Bitter Lake Community Center; 10-11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 6, Solid Ground in Wallingford.


Greenwood resident Anne Engstrom with her solar home and solar-powered electric bicycle. Photo courtesy of Solarize Seattle – Northwest.

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Solar energy program offering bulk-buying discounts

November 14th, 2012 by Doree

Another residential solar energy program is offering bulk-buying discounts in our neighborhood.

Go Solar Northwest will host a workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association. (This is a different program from Solarize Seattle: Northwest, which is another bulk buying discount program in the area that held an informational meeting at the PNA last week.)

Go Solar Northwest also is raising money for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The company will donate $150-$650 from every solar energy system purchased to the Red Cross. It’s also accepting online donations from the public.

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