The Edmonds Community Solar Cooperative announced via Facebook Friday that it has reached its goal of selling $30,000 worth of shares in its rooftop solar effort by the end of 2011. As a result, the cooperative has qualified for $180,000 in federal incentives for Community Solar, enabling the installation of a larger 60-kilowatt system on the Frances Anderson Center roof before summer 2012.
The Edmonds Community Solar Cooperative was formed under a partnership between Sustainable Edmonds, a volunteer civic group, and solar project developer Tangerine Power. On Dec. 9, Sustainable Edmonds board member Carlo Volli took to the roof of the downtown Edmonds Fabric of Life store — located just a few blocks west of the Frances Anderson Center — for a weekend to raise awareness of the project and encourage solar energy supporters to buy shares, known as SunSlices, in the cooperative.
The Edmonds cooperative is the first citizen-owned community solar cooperative in Washington state. In August, the cooperative installed its first system — 4.2 kilowatts — funded through investments from 37 co-owners/members. It’s estimated the system will produce 60,000 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.