installation (and celebration!)

Have you seen the blue Artisan Electric trucks outside of Mercer Court recently? An uncanny number of men and women in hard hats and construction vests? The orange tape flying from penthouses on top of Mercer A? UW-Solar’s construction is well underway!

The first panel being installed! Image courtesy of Artisan Electric

The first panel being installed! Image courtesy of Artisan Electric

Construction began March 10, with our selected vendor, Artisan Electric, and Housing and Food Services coordinating to install 128 panels on top of Mercer Court’s building A. It is hard to believe it is finally here–after more than a year of coordination and preparation, the combined effort of our team, Housing and Food Services, the Campus Sustainability Fund, and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation have resulted in what will be a stunning array (pun intended) of clean, green energy for the residents and visitors to Mercer Court.

UW-Solar will position monitors and publish to the web real-time and historical energy production and savings information from the solar panel installation. These monitors will provide data for student and faculty researchers studying renewable energy, and provide information to the general public about solar power in Seattle.

We have a webcam monitoring the installation and will have a time-lapse video available once construction is complete!

Just look at all those panels! Image courtesy of Artisan Electric

Just look at all those panels! Image courtesy of Artisan Electric

After installation, we will be hosting an Installation Celebration Gala at Mercer Court. It will be a day to remember, as Denis Hayes, Founder of Earth Day and President of the Bullitt Foundation, has graciously agreed to speak on the importance of solar and energy.

We hope you’ll join us from 3 to 5 p.m. on April 4 for the party!

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