Puget Sound Energy installs third Community Solar project at Seattle area School District

March 18, 2022
This installation at Pine Lake Middle School features 480 solar panels and provides 175 kWs of AC power

Pacific northwest utility Puget Sound Energy has installed a third community solar site at a nearby school district in the Seattle suburbs.

PSE completed the site with the Issaquah School District. Community solar allows customers in east King County, Washington state, who cannot afford or chose not to install home rooftop solar, to participate in renewable energy projects.

PSE has partnered with communities and organizations across its service area to build multiple new, local solar energy installations for the program.

This installation at Pine Lake Middle School features 480 solar panels and provides 175 kWs of AC power, enabling subscribers to share the benefits of solar without the need to install or maintain their own rooftop solar array.  

The Community Solar program launched in 2021 with two other sites located within its service area; one in Kittitas County near Ellensburg and the other at Olympia High School, with more sites to come. 

The utility, which serves more than 1 million customers in the Puget Sound region, has formed a climate advisory group to help toward its goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and beyond by 2045. 

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