City and Community Working to Clean up Greenwood

As clean up continues today at the Greenwood incident site, city departments are working together with our state and utility partners. We appreciate everyone’s patience, especially the Greenwood neighborhood, while this work continues. Deputy Mayor Joncas stopped by to tour the site and impacts to the neighborhood to show her support of city and community efforts clean up efforts.

The community has come together in an amazing way with more than 150 volunteers helping to clean up the area. They are planting flowers, painting the plywood that is covering the blown out windows, sweeping debris, and helping out as needed. Fred Meyer donated supplies and Home Depot donated flowers. Local businesses are also passing out cupcakes and other treats to support the volunteers. Way to support Greenwood!

There are many ways to help out. Just visit the Phinney Neighborhood Association website, http://www.phinneycenter.org/greenwoodrelief/index.html, for updates on fund raising activities. In fact, several are happening this weekend. Plus, most businesses are open, so feel free to stop by.

Please note that there is a high wind advisory for Sunday, so the city encourages the Greenwood neighbors to clean any debris they discover on their property as high wind gusts are expected.

159 Monkeys Invade Phinney Ridge on November 29!

Another great Neighborhood Matching Fund supported event!

Come the holidays, monkeys will be hanging from the trees and taking over store windows along Phinney and Greenwood Avenues. But don’t worry – they’re the lighted variety, and they don’t bite.

The 150 “escaped” monkeys will be promoting the neighborhood and its businesses, and tying in with the nearby WildLights at Woodland Park Zoo. Organized by the PNA’s business members and the Greenwood Arts Council, and supported by a Neighborhood Matching Fund Small and Simple award, the parade of lighted metal-frame monkeys will hang from awnings, windows, trees and poles from 59th to 87th streets. The monkeys will be 2 to 3 feet high and equipped with color-changing LED lights.

The monkeys will be individually sponsored by businesses and individuals. They will be displayed from Nov. 29 to Dec. 30. A Holiday Lighting event to kick off the season will be held at 5 p.m. Nov. 29 at the air raid tower at 67th and Phinney outside the Phinney Neighborhood Center. A lighted cone atop the tower will be lit, and there will be musical entertainment.

Earlier in the day, the first of the monkeys will be ceremonially delivered to select businesses by a gorilla. Following the theme of neighborhood sustainability, he will be riding a bicycle provided by G&O Family Cyclery.

State’s Biggest Community Solar Project Coming to Phinney Ridge

The most visible panels of City Light’s third Community Solar project will be installed at Woodland Park Zoo’s Rainforest Pavillion.

Seattle City Light is partnering with Woodland Park Zoo and the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) to install the state’s largest community solar project.

“Customers continue to tell us they want solar electricity and we are creating that opportunity,” General Manager and CEO Jorge Carrasco said. “This project will allow hundreds of people to buy solar power even if they can’t install panels at their own homes or businesses.”

An artist’s rendering of what the panels at the zoo’s Rainforest Pavilion will look like.

The Community Solar on Phinney Ridge project is designed for a system of about 74 kilowatts on the roofs of two buildings at the zoo and PNA’s Phinney Center, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is expected to produce more than 75,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year.

Currently, the biggest community solar project in Washington is a 74.1 kilowatt system at Poulsbo Middle School that produces about 72,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity.

“As stewards for thousands of individual animals and plants, as well as caretakers of a historic built environment, Woodland Park Zoo continues to strive to be the community’s most exciting, living showcase of sustainability through leading by example,” zoo Chief Operations Officer Bruce Bohmke said. “This project offers another way for us to engage our community.”

Other panels will be installed at the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s historic Phinney Center.

Anyone with a City Light account can purchase part of the array’s output for $150 per unit. The cost can be added to a participant’s electric bill and paid in two installments. Customers can buy up to 125 units. Participants receive credit for their units’ production on their City Light bills through June 30, 2020, along with all state renewable energy production incentives.

Units will go on sale soon. Interested people can learn more and sign up to be alerted when sales begin at www.seattle.gov/communitysolar .

Current Washington state production incentives and bill credits for the energy produced add up to $1.16 per kilowatt-hour of electricity. Each unit of the array is expected to be 28 watts, which would generate about $34 worth of electricity annually.

“The PNA was a partner in the very successful Solarize Seattle: Northwest program last spring, and many area residents asked about community solar,” neighborhood association Executive Director Lee Harper said. “We are thrilled to be able to follow through for those people who can’t put solar on their own house by helping us put it on our building. It will be great to power our community events with clean community solar power. It certainly is in keeping with our mission to engage and serve our community.”

This is the third Community Solar project installed by Seattle City Light. The first is located at Jefferson Park in Beacon Hill. The second project at The Seattle Aquarium sold out in just six weeks.

Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to about 750,000 Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.