Edmonds Community Solar Cooperative finishes first round of membership drive

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The Edmonds Community Solar Cooperative, the first community-owned solar cooperative in Washington state, has completed the first round of a membership drive to build and operate a 75-kilowatt solar power installation on the roof of the City of Edmonds-owned Frances Anderson Center, located at 700 Main St.

Seattle-based Tangerine Power, which is developing and managing the cooperative, announced on its website that all 40 shares of the initial offering had been sold. Each share, called a “Sun Slice,” cost $1,000 and everyone who bought a slice is entitled to cooperative membership. The next step is to finish an engineering review of the project and submit permit applications to the city, Tangerine Power Founder Stanley Florek said.

It’s estimated the system will produce 75,000 kilowatt hours annually – a significant share of the Frances Anderson Center’s electrical use. The city is leasing roof space to the solar cooperative and will buy electricity from the project at discounted rates until 2020.

All Edmonds residents will have the opportunity to learn about solar electric power generation through an interactive kiosk that will be installed at the Frances Anderson Center. It will display real-time output of the solar system as well as cumulative data for the current day, the preceding week, the past month and the year to date.

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