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The 2019 NW SolarFest was a blast even though solar was challenged by some lingering cloud cover. 

Puget Sound Solar sponsored KidZone where children could build get a free solar race car or grasshopper by signing an Energy pledge, build a birdhouse, fire boats, tool boxes or yo-yo's (courtesy of Home Depot).  We brought our solar race car track, however the lack of direct sunlight made races, well, a challenge.

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We met a lot of new folks and caught up with a lot of friends. 

There were lots of critters ... including goats and llama's from Earthcraft Services

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My, what big beautiful eyes!

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Non-profit solar advocacy champion Solar Washington was there to provide non-biased information to the public including President Dean Van Vleet, Executive Director Patrick Nugent and several volunteer members like Tom Kleinecke. Check out their website to find out when the next general meeting is scheduled. They also coordinate the Solar Summit each year where manufacturers, installers, utilities, municipalities, legislators/policy makers, educators, students, tribal members, advocacy organizations/nonprofits, distributors, engineers, financial lenders, consultants and other solar-minded folks gather to find out what's happening in the field.

Busy bee's from Puget Sound Beekeepers!

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The Puget Sound Solar setup ... our all-electric van, charging station, booth, all-electric LEAF and solar cooking.

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Shoreline Solar Project's President, Maryn Wynn introducing Kelly Van Camp at the SolarFest after-party.

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 Pam, Jeremy and Maryn winding down after a long but fun day.

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Our Sales Manager, Julie Wilcox showing off her solar cooking apparatus and talking with Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union's Shannon Ellis-Brock and her husband Bert Ellis-Brock.

After a long day of standing and chatting with our old friends and some new ones, we were treated to a nice after-party with music by Kelly Van Camp. 


About the author


Started Puget Sound Solar in 2001 with 30 years of construction contracting experience, and a desire to turn Seattle on to solar energy. Achieving NABCEP certification in 2004, Jeremy believes that our customers often follow a path similar to the one he took, starting out with solar daydreaming, then progressing to education on the subject, and eventually leading to action. In addition to leading the company he also does some teaching and speaking engagements about various aspects of solar energy, and experiments relentlessly with various solar, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle projects.

Jeremy Smithson

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