Grants power new solar arrays atop Harborview, Seattle Central

(Image: Harborview Medical Center)

First Hill’s Harborview is installing the largest solar array of any hospital in the state with help from City of Seattle and federal grants.

“Harborview is committed to sustainability in our operations,” Pam Jorgensen, assistant the hospital’s administrator of facilities and engineering said in the announcement of the project. “This solar project will help us meet our carbon reduction goals, create redundant power for the West Hospital in case of an emergency, and demonstrate the feasibility of solar power on healthcare facilities.”

McKinstry is the design-build firm on the project.

Grants from City Light’s Green Up program and the Department of Commerce are helping to fund the project:

Seattle City Light’s Green Up program, which provides funding for local renewable energy programs and projects, awarded Harborview $50,000. The Department of Commerce’s Energy Efficiency Grant Program helps state and local agencies pay for energy efficiency upgrades and solar installations, and awarded Harborview an additional $47,000.

Other Green Up recipients include Capitol Hill Housing and Seattle Central:

·         Seattle Public Schools – $150,000 for solar installations at Bailey Gatzert Elementary, Ballard High School, Denny International Middle School, South Shore K-8 School, Hazel Wolf K-8 ESTEM School and Arbor Heights Elementary

·         King County Parks — $119,014 for a solar installation at the Steve Cox Community Center

·         Seattle Parks — $50,000 for a solar installation at the Brig at Magnuson Park

·         Seattle Colleges — $200,000 for a solar installation at Seattle Central College

·         Harborview Medical Center — $50,000 for a solar installation at the hospital

·         Capitol Hill Housing – three grants totaling $225,000 for solar installations at three affordable housing complexes – the Elizabeth James House, Ponderosa Apartments and El Nor Apartments

·         Pacific Science Center — $164,851 for a solar installation at the center

Seattle Central’s grant will help fund the installation of a solar panel system on the Broadway Edison building’s rooftop. The Seattle Colleges District’s goal is to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2020 and nearly 60% by 2050.

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