Habitat for Humanity Development in Seattle Adds Solar Power to Its Offerings

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Habitat for Humanity group in Seattle, Washington partners with several local solar providers to produced 32 homes that will feature solar on every rooftop. This could provide a model for other Habitat affiliates statewide. 

A Habitat for Humanity group in Seattle, Washington has partnered with several local solar providers to produced 32 homes that will be supplied with energy efficiency features. One of these features is a renewable power source on every rooftop. 

The Harris Court Development in Port Orchard, Washington will fulfill Habitat’s mission of providing safe, decent housing — and a lower power bill as well.

Daryl Daugs, director of Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County, stated, “Our goal is really to make homes affordable for the long term. That’s why we’re on the leading edge of green homebuilding for low-income families. We wanted this to be a super-green neighborhood.”

Each home in the Harris Court project includes APS YC500 microinverters, 265-watt PV modules by itek energy, and Sunmodo racking — and a power output of about 2.25 kW per home.

Habitat for Humanity’s partners local APS distributor Blue Frog Solar, of Poulsbo, Washington and itek energy, of Bellingham, Washington are the largest PV module manufacturers in the state.

Tim Bailey of Blue Frog Solar is really excited about the development, as he believes these homes will set a standard for others to follow. “It’s exciting to see our neighbors achieve the dream of home ownership, and including a solar component sets a standard we hope can be repeated again and again.”

The roof slopes are oriented to the south to optimize solar potential.

The first two homes are projected to be ready for occupancy in November 2014.

Daugs said his organization is already planning its next project with a solar component, and he recently led a solar financing and design workshop for other Habitat affiliates statewide. Interest throughout the organization is high, he said.