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Check out our September Special! $750- $1000 off Itek Energy, made in Washington...

Check out our September Special! $750- $1000 off Itek Energy, made in Washington solar panel with with Solectria inverter. Hurry and take advantage of this special offer, equipment payment must be received by September 30, 2012.


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September Special!!




New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivered the Republican National Convention's...

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivered the Republican National Convention's keynote address. America should know that New Jersey installed more solar capacity than any other state in the first quarter of 2012, and ranks second in the nation for total solar installed. There were other speeches from speakers with solar successes in their home states. We need to get the facts out and let America know about these successes.


New Jersey | SEIA
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New Jersey is one of the fastest growing solar markets in the country, second only to California in overall installations. In the first quarter of 2012, New Jersey installed more solar PV than any other state; this was the first time any state other than California ranked first in overall quarterly ...

2012 Annual Solar Tour October 6th - Make sure to mark it on your calendar. If y...

2012 Annual Solar Tour October 6th - Make sure to mark it on your calendar. If you have a solar home, register it now for the tour, to demonstrate solar energy for your neighborhood.


Solar Tour | Solar Washington
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The annual ASES National Solar Tour is the world's largest grassroots solar event. This event offers you the opportunity to tour innovative green homes and buildings to see how you can use solar energy, energy efficiency, and other sustainable technologies to reduce monthly utility bills and help ta...




The largest Northwest energy efficiency projects ever undertaken in the US. This...

The largest Northwest energy efficiency projects ever undertaken in the US. This project illustrates the massive benefits that can accrue through energy efficiency implementation. Congratulations to NORPAC, BPA, Cowlitz PUD, and and all of the other partners that worked together to bring this project to fruition.


Going Big: Building the Largest Ever Energy Efficiency Project
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The popular expression “go big or go home” means to go all the way. And an energy efficiency project at a paper manufacturer in Longview, Washington, went so big that it’s thought to




Breaking news for the Northwest: RailAmerica announced that they are dropping pl...

Breaking news for the Northwest: RailAmerica announced that they are dropping plans for the coal export terminal in Grays Harbor, Washington! This is a big step in the fight against coal the in the Northwest but the battle against coal is not over! Take action now!


Take Action | Power Past Coal
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"Net-zero energy costs were $417 due to my solar panels!" DT North of Olympia co...

"Net-zero energy costs were $417 due to my solar panels!" DT North of Olympia couldn't be more excited about the production of his system, he even gave the panels a little wash yesterday in the 90 degree weather!

STEM Teacher Externship program

 

My Solar Summer Experience

By: Jennifer Combs

Happy August to you all!  My name is Jennifer Combs and I am a graduate of Seattle Pacific University’s Mathematics Program, as well as their School of Education.  Currently, I work as a Math teacher for the Highline School District at Chinook Middle School in Seatac, WA. 

This July, I had the invaluable experience of participating in Washington Alliance for Better Schools (WABS) and Workforce Development Council of Snohomish County’s (WDCSC) STEM** Teacher Externship program.  For three weeks, 26 Math, Science, and Career and Technical Education teachers from King and Snohomish counties job-shadowed at more than 15 companies in Western Washington.  We also took part in classroom based professional development on many topics from neuroscience, STEM pathways for students, interactive instruction techniques, and current job market realities.  The pairing of our externship placement, along with the classroom days, aimed at helping us address the three primary goals of the program: a) increase student participation in STEM-related learning and careers, b) strengthen skills in connecting STEM-related instruction to associated careers, and c) develop and strengthen business partnerships.

Personally, my placement was with a variety of Solar Washington partners and affiliates including Sunergy Systems, NW Wind and Solar, Silicon Energy, and a stop at Nissan of the Eastside, to learn about and test-drive an all-electric vehicle.  Being mostly unfamiliar with solar, I had a lot to learn and every person I interacted with along the way was eager to teach me what they knew as well as answer a myriad of questions!

Along with the general goals of the externship program, I was hoping to accomplish a few of my own objectives.  First of all, I wanted to learn about solar – it’s an exciting industry, but as I mentioned, one that I knew very little about prior to this experience.  Making mathematical and engineering connections between the solar industry and my classroom was another overarching goal I hoped to accomplish by answering such questions as: “How is mathematics used to assess need, design, and implement a solar system?” and “What skills and/or situations might I be able to simulate for enhanced learning opportunities for my students?”.   

Some of my externship activities included riding along with salesmen to meet with potential clients, observing solar-analyses and other measurements, learning how to utilize various tools (online and handheld) to determine needed information and pre-qualification data, seeing a few steps of the installation process, seeing how Silicon Energy modules are made, learning how the multitude of variables is accounted for and then reflected in spreadsheets, visiting the Bullitt Center*, and interviewing almost every employee I came into contact with, in order to address my personal externship goals.

At the culmination of the externship, each of the teachers was asked to describe what they intend to incorporate into their classroom this year, based on their experiences this summer.  Currently, I have many ideas!  I learned an incredible amount and was able to easily and thoroughly address my personal objectives.  First of all, I will apply for a grant from “Solar 4R Schools” in order that my school might receive a small solar system installation.  Once school starts, I would like to introduce a “Solar Club” of sorts in association with our after-school program.  This venue would serve as a means to teaching kids about solar and alternate energies as well as a place to monitor and interact with the solar system, (should we receive the grant).  The club would further allow me to teach the kids a basic process that solar companies use to assess, evaluate, design, install, and monitor solar systems.  This is where the primary applications of math and engineering will be fleshed out.  In a different vein, I’m also looking forward to teaching all of my students about professional skills that I observed in the workplace as well as sharing with them stories of people I met and how they got to where they are now.

Overall, my solar summer experience was incredibly powerful and rewarding.  I am very grateful to WABS and WDCSC, but especially to all of the Solar Washington partners that opened their offices, vans, and minds to sharing this experience with me.  I understand that through this externship I have been entrusted with powerful knowledge and I do not take lightly my responsibility to pass it along to my students.  If you have any further advice for getting my Solar Club launched, or if you’d like to be a guest speaker or partner, please feel free to contact me at Jennifer.Combs@highlineschools.org.



* STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  Some school districts have expanded the acronym to STEAM, to include the Arts, or STREAM, to incorporate Writing as well as the Arts.

* More information available at: www.bullittcenter.org - “The Greenest Commercial Building in the World”

Bainbridge City Hall in the news again!

Bainbridge City Hall in the news again!


» Here Comes the Sun: Solar Panels Go Live on City Hall » Inside Bainbridge
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by Sarah Lane August 3, 20128:00 a.m. The 297 solar modules sitting on top of City Hall, the Island’s largest solar energy system, went live yesterday at 12:30 p.m. The ...




Bainbridge City Hall has officially gone solar!!

Bainbridge City Hall has officially gone solar!!


Bainbridge City Hall now hums with solar energy
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Solar panels on the roof of the building are expected to produce the equivalent of 20 percent of the facility’s energy needs.




Sunergy Systems is now an Authorized Installer of SolarWorld USA! We are proud r...

Sunergy Systems is now an Authorized Installer of SolarWorld USA! We are proud represent a company with an amazing history!


SolarWorld | Sunergy Systems
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Sunergy Systems is one of only three authorized SolarWorld installers in the State of Washington! Rated #1 in indpendent performance testing! SolarWorld is committed to manufacturing in the United States and makes use of the superior automation technology and employee productivity available he...