Sustaining Queen Anne with sun

Solar power advocates introduce alternative energy at meeting

Harnessing the sun to power homes is getting easier.
At Monday's Sustainable Queen Anne meeting, Alex Sawyer and Jennifer Grove of North West Energy for Economic Development or SEED said putting solar energy into Seattle neighborhoods is becoming more financially feasible as the state of Washington has extended current incentives toward installing a solar energy system in homes or businesses, and that as more people participate, the price will continue to fall.
Sawyer and Grove came to the meeting to promote their company's new new volunteer drive project called Solarize Seattle, which puts on workshops and consultations for people interested in installing solar powered panels on their homes or businesses.
The couple mentioned how the city of Portland was able to quadruple its solar energy use in eight months, something SEED wants to replicate here in Seattle. They also mentioned how the energy practice has taken off in some countries overseas. Germany which is "wetter and darker than we are" said Grove, is the leading country in solar energy use. "They found that if they slapped a solar panel on everything that didn't breathe or move it was a lot cheaper and faster."
"We are looking for sustainability and environmentally thinking people, even if its just to spread the word," added Sawyer. A member of Sustainable Queen Anne will be meeting with SEED to figure out the best way to get the news out to the Queen Anne community about Solarize Seattle.
The company can be contacted at info@nwseed.org or 206-328-2441 or by going to their Web site at www.newseed.org.
In other Sustainable Queen Anne news, Tara Espinoza and her sister, Sabrina, from Queen Anne Dispatch, came to talk about owning and operating a business in the Queen Anne neighborhood. They talked about their customer base, which they said the majority of their income comes from outside Seattle, not from the local community.
A large part of their customers are the result of word-of-mouth or because they happen to wander in after dinner. The company has recently started adding more products made locally, as well as vegan and organic, but say that unfortunately "U.S.A. made things are just more expensive."
The meeting concluded with discussion about the development of a survey Sustainable Queen Anne interns will soon be taking to the streets of the neighborhood to see how sustainable the community is, and how to help make it more so.
At next month's meeting, on July 17, will be a sewing bee, where the group will be making bags to place in Queen Anne shops that say "please borrow me, please return me."
A blog posting on Sustainable Queen Anne's Web site will include all of what went on at this Week's meeting, as well as other information about the group, at SustainbleQueenAnne.org.[[In-content Ad]]