We believe there is no cheaper, cleaner power than energy you don’t have to produce. That’s why energy conservation is our primary strategy to reduce green house gas emissions and we’ve won three awards for our efforts. For details on past projects and best practices, go to our Energy Conservation section.
The remaining carbon emissions from our electricity use are offset by renewable energy credits. The Renewable Energy Credits we purchase through Seattle City Light’s Green Up program support geothermal, landfill gas and wind power projects in the Northwest.
The Student Center’s solar panels include arrays mounted on the roof, south wall, and a pole. Mechanical Engineering seniors designed the system, Facilities Services installed it and Seattle City Light customer contributions to their Green Power Program funded this demonstration project. The solar electricity goes to the Student Center - there is no battery storage and no net metering. Since its 2005 installation enough electricity has been generated to power 530 homes for a day. Real-time and historical solar electricity data is available online.
The Admissions & Alumni building’s solar panels on its roof generate approximately 5,670 kWh of electricity, about 3% of the building’s annual electrical needs. Real-time and historical solar electricity data is available online.
Student installing a solar panel