Bainbridge's Sakai solar project goes live
January 22, 2009 · Updated 9:42 AM
Spring is still months away, but Sakai Intermediate School is a little greener this month, thanks to a community-funded solar project.
A 30-panel, 5.1 kilowatt array, installed on the school's roof in late November, began trickling electricity into the building's power system in January.
Joe Deets, executive director of Community Energy Solutions, the non-profit spearheading the Solar for Sakai project, said the online display will be a useful tool for engaging and educating the community.
"Now anyone can go on the Website and see what a Bainbridge solar system is producing," Deets said.
Students can access a wide range of solar data on a console installed in the school's library.
Funding for the array came from donations and grants. Solar for Sakai has begun a new $50,000 fundraising drive to install an additional 30 panels on the school.
See a full story on the Solar for Sakai project and video of the installation.