Saturday, December 10, 2011

Occupy the Roof - Edmonds, WA

The best kind of occupation is one that encourages people to move their money from Wall Street to clean solar energy.  
From Wall Street to the streets of Seattle, there’s been a lot of talk lately about the “Occupy” movement. On Friday, Edmonds community solar activist Carlo Voli added another concept to the list: “Occupy the Rooftop.”
From Friday through Sunday afternoon, Voli will live on the rooftop of the Fabric of Life building at 523 Main St. The goal is to both raise awareness of solar power’s benefits and grow membership in theEdmonds Community Solar Cooperative — and expand the solar-powered system now installed on the Frances Anderson Center rooftop.
The cooperative recently installed its first 4.2 kilowatt system, funded through investments from 37 co-owners/members, and is working sell additional shares — known as SunSlices — to install a larger 60 KW system on the Frances Anderson Center roof before summer 2012. There is some urgency to the effort: To qualify for the federal incentives for Community Solar, the Edmonds-based Solar cooperative needs to raise at least $30,000 in SunSlices by Dec. 17.

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