The crane operator at the 810 Dexter project slings 19 pallets of materials up to the roof for a 25.5 kW PV system to be installed by our commercial solar crew led by Michiel Zuidweg. The project owner decided to go beyond the Seattle Energy Code requirements with this initial PV system. 40% of the roof area must be ‘solar ready’, so there is room for more.
The South Lake Union area makes a good commercial ‘solar district’ because of the uniform building heights. This zoning should be maintained by DPD if they plan to increase the use of solar in downtown Seattle, otherwise tall towers could overshadow the solar envelope and destroy the solar resource.