INSTALLER OF THE MONTH – SOUTH SOUND SOLAR & OLYMPIA COMMUNITY SOLAR
Making a difference starts with an idea led by a collaboration of dedicated, like-minded people who make the world a better place by utilizing clean energy. Silfab Solar is proud to be the chosen and trusted solar panel provider for the Quixote Village Solar Project led by Olympia Community Solar, and solar panel installer South Sound Solar, both located in Olympia, Washington.
“We are extremely excited to go solar at Quixote Village. We are grateful to our partners and funders for making this possible. Installing made-in-America solar panels is another exciting point about this installation. Going solar will not only reduce our carbon footprint, but the cost savings will let us focus more on providing services to our residents.”– Quixote Village Associate Director Jaycie Osterberg-Brown
The Quixote Village Solar Project is funded by The City of Olympia, Puget Sound Energy, the Squaxin Island Tribe, and the Tides Foundation. The system consisted of installing four made-in-America Silfab Solar panels and 2 APS YC600 Microinverters arrays across 30 tiny homes (120 solar panels) in the Quixote Village for the unhoused, and 86 Silfab Prime and Elite panels and 2 SolarEdge 14.4 3phase inverters on the community building to generate clean, renewable energy contributing to a total system size of 206 panels, (69 kilowatts). Savings from the solar energy will directly benefit village residents and support Quixote Communities’ mission to provide permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness. The solar energy will reduce Quixote Village’s carbon footprint by fifty-eight thousand pounds of CO2 emissions, equivalent to planting 705 trees every year or not driving 106,000 miles.
Olympia Community Solar
Olympia Community Solar’s mission as a non-profit organization is to steward an equitable and accessible transition to clean energy. Their team works to support local non-profits, public entities, and Tribes in installing solar while developing programs that support Washingtonian homeowners to install solar while promoting state policies to create equitable clean energy laws. Olympia Community Solar’s successful projects in the past include community solar projects such as the Hands-On Children’s Museum and solarize group purchasing campaigns that help hundreds of residential customers access solar.
South Sound Solar
South Sound Solar has installed thousands of solar systems for residential and commercial projects since 2008, focusing within Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Grays Harbor, Pierce, and Kitsap. South Sound Solar continues to be a leader in Tier 1 installations through engineering, design, and renewable energy solutions. South Sound Solar is known for its community contributions and dedication towards sourcing and collaborating with companies with rigid quality control standards and outstanding customer service to provide their homeowners with quality made-in-America materials and equipment.
Quixote Communities is a non-profit organization incorporated under the name Panza. Its mission is to provide permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness. Quixote Communities creates and manages tiny home villages that foster community, encourage personal growth, and promote access to care and services. It currently owns and operates Quixote Village in Olympia, which opened in 2013, and the Orting Veterans Village, which opened in 2021. They are currently working on the Shelton Veterans Village, slated to open in 2023.
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