Sustainable lifestyle choices involve the whole family so it's only right the whole family comes out to have fun, learn and share information with like-minded people at the Mother Earth News Fair June 1 – 2 at the Washington State Fair Grounds in Puyallup.
With 13 stages offering presentations from hydroponic gardening and cooking wild edibles to bow hunting and Alpaca farming, you may have too many choices to pick from in just one day. As you decide which workshop you want to see next, enjoy the entertainment, local food and beverages and the many vendors offering sustainable services and products.
Children under the age of 17 get in free and will have workshops specifically tailored to their interests. Need a break? Stop by the Mother Earth Tree House and let the kids explore and engage in eco-friendly activities.
Tickets can be pre-purchased online or at the door
Weekend Special: Purchase the complete Mother Earth News archive (1970 – 2012) DVD for $50 and receive two free weekend passes!
VIP Tickets (100 available) will give you front row seats at all of the workshops; access to VIP Lounge for breakfast, lunch and snacks as well as mingling with workshop speakers; the complete Mother Earth News Archive DVD; a bumper sticker and a 25% coupon for the Fair's bookstore.
Remember, booth #231! We're looking forward to seeing and speaking with you about renewable energy options in solar and wind power. Bring your family out for a great weekend of sustainable fun!
Seattle Greendrinks is inviting 1000 of its closest friends for their 10th anniversary bash at the SustainableWorks warehouse.
THRIFT SHOP COSTUME CONTEST – come dressed to be judged in your finest thrift shop finds. Goodwill will judge the best-dressed guest. They will also enter you into their RAFFLE when you donate items at their DONATION STATION.
SILENT DISCO – Party Headphones is bringing 300 headphones for a dance-a-thon not seen elsewhere.
SURPRISE GUESTS and performances, RAFFLE for prizes, FOOD TRUCKS and SCREENPRINTING – bring a blank T-shirt, and FREE GOODIES! FOOD and DRINKS all for the price of admission.
NEED A RIDE? Lyft, a new ride-sharing service is sponsoring credits so guests can get a ride to and from the party by downloading their app – look for the promo code. Or, you can park free, check your bike or ride the #124 bus to the front door.
WHAT IS SEATTLE GREENDRINKS? As a non-profit and volunteer-driven chapter, Seattle Greendrinks is just one part of the international Greendrinks network. The goal is to create local gatherings to encourage connections between people who are interested in or work in the environment and sustainability industries. Come, meet people, learn and have fun – every 2nd Tuesday of the month.
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The Greenest Commercial Building in the World 244kW
The Bullitt Center will be the greenest, most energy efficient commercial building in the world, firmly planting Seattle at the forefront of the green building movement.
The goal of the Bullitt Center is to change the way buildings are designed, built and operated to improve long-term environmental performance and promote broader implementation of energy efficiency, renewable energy and other green building technologies in the Northwest.
This new construction school replacement in Kirkland for the Lake Washington School district features Sanyo HIT modules.
Mount Vernon City Hall 7.98kW
This retrofit project includes the installation of an 7.98 kW solar system on the roof of the Mount Vernon City Hall. The solar system will feature made in Washington Silicon Energy modules and inverters.
Hands on Children's Museum 75kW
The 75 kW solar system is part of the new $18M museum structure, designed to service over 200,000 visitors a year.
More information: www.hocm.org
New This Week
The New York Times: A Building Not Just Green, but Practically Self-Sustaining
When an office building here that bills itself as the world’s greenest officially opens later this month, it will present itself as a “living building zoo,” with docents leading tours and smartphone-wielding tourists able to scan bar codes to learn about the artfully exposed mechanical and electrical systems. Read more here:
PBS Newshour article: Seattle's Bullitt Center Bills Itself as "World's Greenest Office Building"
King5 Environment Northwest story: Inside the Bullitt Center, Earth's greenest building
On April 22 2013 King5 ran a story on the public opening of the Bullitt Center. Read more here:
Daily Journal of Commerce Article Focuses on Improved Solar Panel ROI
The cost of solar panels has lowered increasing practicality for Northwest Wind and Solar's PV solar panel solutions. Western Washington's limited sunlight now does more using higher effiency photovoltaics (PV) solar panels. See why NW Wind and Solar's PV solutions make more sense for business.
Snohomish PUD is, once again offering the Planet Power funding and grant program. This program is funded by customers of Snohomish PUD who support the expansion of renewable energy for and in their community.
Customers can donate a monthly amount added to their Snohomish PUD bill or they can make a onetime donation. More information is available here.
Community organizations who are interested in applying for the grant can get information here.
January 20, 2013
NW Wind & Solar project featured in the Daily Journal of Commerce
NW Wind & Solar customer Kemp West's installation profiled in the Daily Journal of Commerce.
Read the full article.
NW Wind & Solar was awarded the 2012 Excellence in Construction Award by Associated Builders and Contractors (http://www.abcwestwa.org/2.aspx) in the Alternative Energy Category for the zHome project.
April 17, 2012
Solar 4R Schools
Solar 4R Schools educates students, teachers and community members about the science and benefits of renewable energy technology. The program developed by Bonneville Environmental Foundation provides hands-on activity guides, science kits and demonstration solar electric systems at no cost to schools, by working with local funding partners who want to show their commitment to renewable energy education.
Seattle City Light told to get leaner as rates rise
City Light projects a rate increase over the next seven years of 33 percent — on the heels of 18 percent rate increases in the past two years. Some of the utility's biggest customers are upset, saying City Light should cut its spending before raising rates.
Seattle City Light's power plants have too many employees. Distribution costs run high. Work crews are about twice the size of industry norms. Overtime costs are double the industry average. Work rules hamper productivity. Some spending is based on "political drivers."
"The sources of energy are much the same as they were a generation ago, writes Paul Krugman. But that may be about to change. We are" … "on the cusp of an energy transformation, driven by the rapidly falling cost of solar power. That's right, solar power." (full article @ Seattle Times)
November 11, 2011
Solarize NE Seattle
NW Wind & Solar has been selected as one of two companies for the Solarize NE Seattle Program.
Solarize NE Seattle - The Neighborhood Approach
Solarize Washington is a Northwest SEED initiative designed to bring solar energy to Washington homes. By partnering with grassroots sustainability groups and local installers, we help neighbors come together to enjoy significant discounts through the group purchase of solar systems. The Solarize initiative provides a streamlined process through which neighbors can collectively decide where to start, how to budget, what to buy, and who to hire.
Key features of Solarize Washington include:
Grassroots outreach and promotion by neighborhood volunteers
Competitively selected contractors with set prices
Free educational workshops for all participants
Free site assessments for all participants to determine solar suitability
A limited time offer to get the best deal on solar around!
Registration: opens early 2012
Eligibility: residences and small businesses in the 98105, 98115, and 98125 zip codes
Itek Energy – A New Option for Made In Washington Solar Modules!
If you have been waiting for the right time to purchase a solar system for your home – now is the time! Itek Energy is a new solar module manufacturer producing high-quality products in Bellingham. ITek solar modules qualify for the highest Washington State Production Incentive and offer the best Return-on-Investment available in our state.
$1,000 Introductory Discount – Be one of the first 20 buyers of a 3.5kW solar system and receive a $1,000 back. This is a limited offer that will end soon. Schedule a site evaluation today.
For more information about iTek Energy’s solar modules check out their web site: www.itekenergy.com/
September 5, 2011
PSE Seeks 8 % Electricity Rate Increase
Puget Sound Energy filed a proposal with state regulators this month to establish new electric and natural gas rates in 2012 to recover the costs of work done to increase electric and gas delivery system reliability and provide a cleaner energy supply for local homes and businesses. The proposed rates, which, if approved, would take effect in May 2012 following the UTC’s 11-month approval process, ask for overall increases of 8.1 percent in electric rates and 3 percent in natural gas rates for all customer groups.
Lake City Village – 68 kW Solar System Installation
NW Wind & Solar has recently completed the installation of the 68 kW Photovoltaic Solar Electric system for the Lake City Village project. The Lake City Village project will be the greenest affordable housing in Washington State when this 86-unit apartment building in northeast Seattle is completed later this year.
NW Wind & Solar helps Arlington man go “off the grid”
Boeing engineer Tom Flandro wanted to get off the grid and wean himself from foreign oil dependency, so when he was able to convert his two-story home to solar power and purchase an electric car, he took advantage of the opportunity.
“With everything that’s going on today, I can’t help wondering why everyone doesn’t do this,” said Flandro, who laughed as he acknowledged that the rainy Pacific Northwest might seem like a counterintuitive location for a solar-powered home. “Yes, it’s very cloudy here, but because of our latitude, the sun stays out longer during the summer months, which actually makes us more competitive than the traditional ‘sun belt’ places like New Mexico and Arizona.”
Time to change your perception of Alternative Energy
Solar and wind power are not the only answers to our need for new energy sources, but they are an important part of the equation. Ultimately, the solution may lay in smaller power plants located closer to energy consumers.