City Light says most of the capacity will go to customers who want to buy solar power through its Community Solar program. The rest of the panels are being installed as a demonstration project through the utility’s voluntary Green Up renewable energy program with the electricity supplying the aquarium. Solar panels for the project are being purchased from Silicon Energy of Marysville, Wash.
"Adding more solar to our community’s clean energy portfolio along with hydroelectric and wind power is one more way Seattle City Light serves as a good steward for our environment," says City Light General Manager and CEO Jorge Carrasco. "With this project, our customers now have a new opportunity to directly purchase renewable solar electricity even if they can’t install panels at their homes or businesses."