Seattle Federal Courthouse
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Installed in September 2004, this 1500-watt photovoltaic array is the result of a unique partnership of governmental agencies and educational institutions. Seattle City Light joined with the U.S. Department of Energy, General Services Administration, and the Washington State University Energy Program in a collaborative effort to bring the first showcase solar project to the downtown Seattle core at that time. As the first project on a high-rise building in our region, this project demonstrates the adaptability of new solar technology in a large Northwest commercial setting.
Solar modules attached to the roof of the lower, eight-floor portion of the building are oriented flat to minimize shading from adjacent buildings. Solar energy data was made accessible online for use by teachers and for the community for educational purposes.