opalco community solar project


Orcas Power and Light Co-operative hired Puget Sound Solar to design and install their Community Solar Project on Decatur Island.  This 500 kW system will provide electricity for Co-op members in the San Juan Islands and is installed on utility property across the road from Alma's Country Store.

Our crews were up to the task of barging all the equipment over from Skyline Marina in Anacortes and spending long work days putting in the ground screws, mounting rails, PV panels, inverters and switchgear.  OPALCO installed a transformer to feed in the electricity produced and provided engineering oversight for the project.

OPALCO has more community solar planned for other locations, so stay tuned!

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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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