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Edmonds to Shine with Solar System

EDMONDS, WA — The city of Edmonds has moved one step closer to having the first co-op solar project in the state.

In a 6-1 vote March 22, City Council authorized Mayor Mike Cooper to sign off on a contract allowing for the installation of a 75-kilowatt community solar energy system. The system’s location would be atop five flat rooftops of the Frances Anderson Center. 

Lora Petso cast the dissenting vote. 

The citizen’s group, Sustainable Edmonds, designed the project for which they are selling membership shares through Seattle-based Tangerine Power. That company develops community energy projects with local organizations, such as Sustainable Edmonds.

Memberships in the cooperative are being sold as SunSlices, a Tangerine Power trademark term, to individuals and businesses. Shares are being sold for $1,000 through Tangerine Power’s website,

The city would lease the roofs to the co-op and would be the system’s customer, paying a discounted energy rate with rate hikes capped at 3 percent over 20 years.

Chris Herman of Sustainable Edmonds forecasts that the installation will produce up to 75,000 kilowatt hours annually. The installation would provide a significant portion of the center’s electrical use. The solar system could save the city more than $30,000 over the next 20 years.

Following some fine-tuning of the contract, the measure will up for council’s final approval April 5.

Construction is expected to begin in October and be completed by year’s end.

Last October council unanimously endorsed the notion of having city-owned rooftops be put to work as solar electric generation sites.