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Devin Malone Achieves NABCEP Certification in PV Technical Sales

Devin Malone Achieves NABCEP Certification in PV Technical Sales

NW Wind & Solar’s Design Consultant, Devin Malone, recently achieved NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) certification in PV Technical Sales. He is the third member of our sales group to be certified. Devin joins our Division Manager, Kevin Charap and Design Consultant, Paul Higuchi in PV Technical Sales certification, additionally, Kevin is also certified in Solar Installation.

"NABCEP is a nonprofit, voluntary professional certification board and credentialing organization dedicated to upholding professional standards for the renewable energy industry."

Link Studios in Seattle’s Central District

Link Studios in Seattle’s Central District

Photo Credit: Build Urban

Bringing hassle-free living spaces for people who are on-the-go, the newly completed Link Studios is opportunely nestled in Seattle’s Central District. Just three miles from Safeco and Century Link fields, and within walking distance to city parks, Lake Washington, restaurants, coffee shops and Link station – studio living has never looked so inviting.

NW Wind & Solar recently completed the installation of a 23kW PV array on this contemporary-designed community. The array consists of 72 SolarWorld 325 modules, three SMA string inverters on Unirac RM racking.

The Link Studios is a Build Urban (Seattle design-build and real estate development firm) project.

Worldwide, Green Jobs Approaches 10 Million Mark

Worldwide, Green Jobs Approaches 10 Million Mark

IRENA, or the International Renewable Energy Agency, reported at the end of May that in 2016, 9.8 million people worldwide were employed in the renewable energy sector.

Solar PV and wind power doubled employment since 2012 with solar jobs employing 3.1 million people and wind employing 1.2 million people.

By 2030, IRENA’s director-general, Adnan Z. Amin estimates that 24 million people will be employed in the renewable energy sector, “more than offsetting fossil-fuel job losses and becoming a major economic driver around the world”

China leads the world in renewable energy jobs - the Asian continent represents 62% of the world’s green energy workforce – followed by Brazil, and the United States.

Olympic College Instruction Center - 100kW

Olympic College Instruction Center - 100kW

Photo Credit: Schacht Architects

The Olympic College Instruction Center (CIC) is the largest project in Washington State community college history. This multipurpose facility will include instructional spaces for the college’s health occupations programs and new locations for the Fine Arts, Music and Theater programs. The two-storied CIC includes a 276-seat performance venue with lobby and incorporates gathering spaces for students for study and to support collaboration.

NW Wind & Solar will be the design-build installation experts of the 100 kW PV energy system comprised of SolarWorld 340XL modules, SMA TriPower string inverters and Unirac ballast racking. The Olympic College Instruction Center is targeting LEED Gold® certification.

The Village at Sammamish Town Center

The Village at Sammamish Town Center

NW Wind & Solar recently completed the PV installation at the new Sammamish Town Center currently under construction at 22704 SE 4th St in Sammamish, WA. Working with our parent company, SME Inc of Seattle (who is doing the electrical for the retail and medical buildings), we installed a 9.6 kW PV energy system, using 32 SolarWorld modules and one SMA string inverter on an Iron Ridge racking system using non-penetrating S-5 standing metal seam clamps.

The PV array is installed on the roof of the stair and elevator tower by Metropolitan Market’s eastern entrance. The approximately 10,000 kWh of solar energy produced will offset some of the Town Center’s lighting costs.

The Village will also include a unique water management system. Approximately 17,500 square feet of pervious paving and a green roof system will manage surface water by absorbing and filtering rainfall. The additional roof run-off will go through a filtering and treatment process in the 1,000,000-gallon underground vault and will be filtered once more before being used to irrigate property landscaping. Remaining water will be filtered once again before entering the city’s storm water system. Total project completion is expected the first half of 2017. General Contractor is J. R. Abbott; Architect is Lance Mueller & Associates.

Arion Apartments - 7kW

Arion Apartments - 7kW

Image credit: Johnston Architects

The University District is gaining 99 studio apartments at 4230 11th Ave NE. These 275 to 350 square foot units. Targeting graduate students and young professionals the seven-story Arion Apartments feature large windows, an engaging façade and a rooftop social area for tenant get-togethers.

The apartment building was designed by Johnston Architects to meet 4-star Built Green standards. NW Wind & Solar won the solar installation bid and is currently in the design and permitting stage. We will be installing a 7 kW PV energy array in the coming month. Further green attributes include parking for bicycles and permeable sidewalks and grass landscaping to absorb water. Everett-based Hact Construction is the builder.

Riverfront Rock Gym - 27.2kW

Riverfront Rock Gym - 27.2kW

Image credit: ML Architects

Wenatchee Valley sits amid several rock climbing opportunities and now climbers will have an indoor facility at Riverfront Rock Gym (RRG) to provide year-round rock climbing opportunity. NW Wind & Solar has been chosen as the PV design-build installers of a 27.2 kW grid-tied solar energy system that will cover most of RRG’s annual electricity costs. The array features 80 - SolarWorld 340XL modules mounted on Iron Ridge racking with three SMA string inverters. Solar installation completion – November 2016.

NW Wind & Solar to Install 99kW System on New North Creek High School

NW Wind & Solar to Install 99kW System on New North Creek High School

Image credit: Integrus Architecture.

Education Powered by Solar

Solar is just one part of the North Creek High School’s sustainability goal. Water and energy conservation, locally sourced and sustainable material, as well as rain gardens and rain water harvesting have been incorporated in this newest cutting edge school in Northshore School District. Sustainable strategies are being assessed against the LEED for Schools and Living Building Challenge.

NW Wind & Solar will be installing a 99 kW rooftop solar PV system using Canadian Solar PV modules, Unirac RM Ballast Racking and Solectria 3 phase string inverters. Installation will begin in May with project completion in summer 2016.

Islander Middle School Expansion to Include Solar Energy

Islander Middle School Expansion to Include Solar Energy

Image credit: Dykeman Inc..

NW Wind & Solar won the bid for the Islander Middle School expansion project from the City of Mercer Island to install a 100 kW grid-tied rooftop PV array. In conjunction with Hargis Engineers and Integrus Architecture, NW Wind & Solar will design and build the solar energy system comprised of 315 SolarWorld 320 modules, four SMA TriPower decentralized string inverters on Iron Ridge racking. Project completion is scheduled for summer, 2016

Free Tickets to Catching the Sun

Free Tickets to Catching the Sun

NW Wind & Solar is sponsoring and offering free tickets to the Seattle premiere of Catching the Sun this Wednesday, April 13th at 7pm.

Viewing will be at the AMC Loews Oak Tree 6 located at 10006 Aurora Ave N in Seattle. A discussion and Q&A will be held after the show.

Limit 4 per request, first come, first served.

Solar Installations Continue at Sun Ridge in Issaquah

Solar Installations Continue at Sun Ridge in Issaquah

We're continuing ‪solar installations at Sun Ridge‬ in Issaquah Highlands. Take a look at the progress we and builder Ichijo USA have made. This 35-unit residential subdivision includes solar installation at construction. Currently, we are nearing 70% completion.

Standard spec is 3.12kW per unit, (12 modules) CSUN 260 with an SMA3000TL-US string Inverter. Some customers have upgraded to larger systems or requested Made in WA products to receive a higher incentive rate.

Valley Supply in Woodinville Going Solar!

Valley Supply in Woodinville Going Solar!

NW Wind & Solar will install 73.15 kW Solar Energy system - consisting of 266 SolarWorld 275W Modules.

We are excited to partner with a company that shares many of our own company philosophies and long term sustainability goals. Valley Supply is scheduled to go solar in September 2015.

The Valley Supply project is the largest privately purchased system that NWWS has sold and will install. This 73kW system is a big commitment for a privately held company. That's dedication to renewable energy, energy efficiency and reducing the carbon footprint of a business!

Solar Taco Time in Tacoma Opens!

Solar Taco Time in Tacoma Opens!

Taco Time Northwest has opened an outlet with franchisee Neltac, Inc. at 2908 S. 38th St., and the building is the first in the international Taco Time network to be powered by sunshine.

Marysville YMCA goes green

Marysville YMCA goes green

By: Christopher Andersson

Source: North County Outlook. All Rights Reserved.

The Marysville YMCA recently completed installation of multiple solar panels, which also marks the beginning of their environmental education program that debuts later this year.

Solar powered health care coming soon to Shoreline Washington.

Solar powered health care coming soon to Shoreline Washington.

All made in Washington iTek system produces a 5 year return on investment for this smart investor.

Evangelizing 'green': Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish adds solar panels

By: Brian LeBlanc

Source: Northwest Catholic. All Rights Reserved.

SEATTLE - On the city's highest hill, solar panels are helping power a parish's multiuse facility - saving money and potentially putting cash back in the bank.

It's just one of many environmentally conscious initiatives in recent years at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in West Seattle, efforts that qualify it for an Energy Star certification from the Environmental Protection Agency.

"We're trying to lead by example," said Frank Handler, pastoral assistant for administration. As stewards of the environment, the parish community wants to show the benefits of thinking sustainably not only for it's neighborhood, but also to "evangelize green within the archdiocese." Handler said.

In September, two pole-mounted arrays of solar panels were installed at the Walmesley Center, a multiuse/gym building completed in 2012 and named after Father Jack Walmesley, the current pastor.

The panels face south, "high enough and at a right angle to optimize the sun that we get," Handler said. They are expected to provide enough energy to power most of the electrical needs of the center; any excess will be sold to Seattle City Light.

The $60,000 project included a $45,000 grant from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation's Solar 4R Schools program, plus $15,000 contributed by the parish and school. The grant process too more than two years, but was "absolutely worth doing," said parishioner Kathleen Sullivan, who prepared the application. She encourages other parishes and schools to consider applying.

As part of the grant, an interactive kiosk in the Walmesley Center will show how much power the panels are generating, and students at Out Lady of Guadalupe school will learn about solar energy as part of their science curriculum. It's "all about educating kids and the public about the benefits o solar power," Handler said.

Handler estimates the parish will pay off its investment in six years, based on anticipated energy-bill savings, the sale of any excess power and participation in a Washington state solar incentive program.

Environmental sustainability is at the center of the parish's master plan. Although Father Walmesley was a driving force behind the plan, "the green initiative came from the parishioners," he said. A variety of parish efforts are highlighted in an Energy Star brochure, from installing an energy-efficient boiler at the school, to reducing the use of plastic bottles and other disposable items on the parish campus.

Being "as environmentally friendly as possible" was the goal when building the Walmesley Center, Handler said. The Parish's next goal is gaining certification by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green-building program, which considers the number of sustainable construction practices used. The Walmesley Center encompasses many green features - from the bamboo flooring in the stage area to the auto-dimming interior lighting and energy-efficient appliances.

The new solar panels are a large and visible conversation starter for the parish and its neighborhood. "It's going to do exactly what it's meant to do," Sullivan said. "It give people something to think about and that'll be good for everybody."

The original version of this story said that Our Lady of Guadalupe had earned an Energy Star certification. While the parish has qualified for the certification, it has not yet submitted the paperwork to receive it.

Solar Powered Car Wash on Mercer Island

Solar Powered Car Wash on Mercer Island

In her previous career, Suzanne Skone—now owner of the Mercer Island Auto Spa—was a mechanical engineer helping build fossil-fueled power plants. That background gave her a good understanding of the benefits of installing solar on her new business, which became host to the 500th solar system installed through Solarize Washington in August 2014.

NW Wind & Solar Featured in Solar Pro Magazine for Seattle Aquarium Solar Array

By: SolarPro Staff

Source: http://solarprofessional.com

The Seattle Aquarium extends over the saltwater bay on Pier 59 in downtown Seattle. The historic landmark attracts almost 1 million visitors annually. In December 2013, NW Wind & Solar commissioned a 49.4 kW solar installation on the aquarium rooftop.

Solarize Mercer Island!

Solarize Mercer Island!

NW Wind & Solar has been selected for our third Solarize Washington community campaign as solar designer & installer for Solarize Mercer Island! We are excited to work with the residents of Mercer Island to take advantage of this community investment in solar.

Northwest SEED who is partnering with the City of Mercer Island is currently seeking volunteers.

For the First Time in History - Residential Solar Installations topped Commercial Installations

By: Chris Meehan

Source: http://www.solarreviews.com/

The good news in the solar industry just keeps getting better:

  • In the first quarter of 2014, 232MW of residential solar PV were installed over 225MW of commercial
  • 1/3 of the residential installations were completed in states without incentives
  • 74% of all new electric energy installed in the first quarter was solar
  • The year-over-year increase from first quarter 2013 was 79%, the second largest quarter for solar EVER!

World's Largest Solar Photovoltaic Plant – Arizona

By: Peter W. Davidson

The United States has long been known for building at a scale previously never achieved: Hoover Dam was the world’s largest dam when it was completed, Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) was the world’s tallest building for decades and the Library of Congress remains the largest library in the world.

Today we add another innovation to that list, thanks in part to the Department’s Loan Programs Office. The Agua Caliente solar project, owned by NRG Energy, has come online and is now the world’s largest photovoltaic (PV) power plant. This facility has the capacity to generate 290 megawatts (MW) of solar electricity in Yuma County, Arizona. The Department provided a $967 million loan guarantee to the project.

Support Jay Inslee's Executive Order to limit carbon pollution

By: Jay Inslee

Last week, I issued an executive order that will engage a wide range of leaders from business, labor, and other groups to develop a market-based program to limit carbon and lead our state into a clean energy future -- a step that will set an example for other states and for leaders around the world.

I'm excited to work with state leaders to achieve this ambitious goal, but we know polluters will fight back at every turn and are willing to spend huge amounts of money in Washington to confuse the public and to win over our state leaders.

That's why I need your support now. By signing my petition, you can show that you're not just standing with me today -- you can show that you'll continue to fight for strict limits on carbon pollution, and beat back the opposition before they even get started.

Jay Inslee Signature

Sun Ridge - Issaquah Highlands

Sun Ridge - Issaquah Highlands

Ichijo USA awards NW Wind & Solar a contract for 35 single family homes starting construction this spring. Each home will be equipped with at least a standard 3.5kW PV array (122kW community total)!

Seattle's Bullitt Center Bills Itself as "World's Greenest Office Building"

By: Michael Werner, Katie Campbell

Source: PBS Newshour

A Building Not Just Green, but Practically Self-Sustaining

A Building Not Just Green, but Practically Self-Sustaining

By: Bryn Nelson

Source: New York Times

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.

Bringing Solar to Google Campus

Bringing Solar to Google Campus

NW Wind & Solar has been awarded the solar design and installation project for Google’s Kirkland Campus expansion, Phase II. To assist Google in reaching minimum LEED Gold certification and reduction of operating costs, the solar energy system will feature Made in the USA components of the highest quality available today. The 60kW system will feature SolarWorld PV modules, SMA TriPower string Inverters and AET stainless steel racking.

Falling costs could mean a bright future for solar panels

Falling costs could mean a bright future for solar panels

By: Kevin Charap

Source: Daily Journal of Commerce

The Bullitt Center is a net-zero energy facility in Seattle that uses a 244-kilowatt rooftop photovoltaic system to generate as much electricity as the building and its tenants will use each year.

While admirable, few building owners are able to achieve the net-zero threshold. Most renewable-energy system owners or investors make their contribution with a supplemental offset sized within a budget or availability of roof area.

Community Funded Grants for Planet Power

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.

NW Wind & Solar project featured in the Daily Journal of Commerce

By: Journal Staff

Source: Daily Journal of Commerce

NW Wind & Solar customer Kemp West's installation profiled in the Daily Journal of Commerce.

NW Wind & Solar project featured on KING 5 News

By: King Staff

Source: KING5.com

NW Wind & Solar Recognized for Excellence!

NW Wind & Solar was awarded the 2012 Excellence in Construction Award by Associated Builders and Contractors in the Alternative Energy Category for the zHome project.