Anyone interested in renewable energy is invited to check out the new map of our renewable energy demonstration projects, which we’ve added to our website.
The map shows the location of all of Seattle City Light’s 31 public demonstration projects. By clicking on one of the blue icons, an information bubble will open with basic information about the site. Many of the information bubbles have a link for more details, including history, photos and access to live production data.
The demonstration projects are partnerships among Seattle City Light and local public and nonprofit organizations. They are designed to raise awareness and educate the public about different sources of clean electricity and ways to conserve energy.
The first project was a solar energy system at Seattle Center’s Northwest Rooms in 2000 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Earth Day. From 2002 to 2010, most local demonstration projects were funded by customer contributions to City Light’s voluntary green programs.
Solar hot water and geothermal installations at the Seattle Aquarium and Woodland Park Zoo have helped those nonprofits save thousands of dollars in energy bills as well as conserve our existing energy resources. The zoo recently added solar panels to its historic carousel too.
Our demonstration projects have provided renewable energy education and training opportunities for teachers, students, and the general public. Seattle City Light has also learned a lot from this experience. We hope you will too.