Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell

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Aug 12 2009

Seattle Solar Initiative: A Great Supplement to Hydro

It is well known that our city is a world leader in technology and innovation. We have an opportunity to broaden that distinction with our innovative use of solar energy. Currently, City Light has approximately 180 customers who have installed a solar energy-generating infrastructure in their home. These kinds of systems can cost $16,000-$30,000 which is one reason why it is not more widespread. I would like to see wider use of solar energy in our city.

At the August 5, 2009, Energy and Technology Committee (ETC) meeting, I requested that City Light present a briefing on Seattle becoming one of 25 “Solar America Cities” under the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solar America Initiative. The objective of the Seattle Solar Initiative is to overcome the barriers to implementation of widespread solar energy technology and to increase residential, commercial, city-owned and community solar energy use.

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