Quixote Communities and Olympia Community Solar Announce Quixote Village Solar Project

Proposed by Olympia community solar

Quixote communities and Olympia community solar are delighted to announce a partnership for the Quixote Village solar project. Construction began on June 27, 2022, and involves installing solar panels in the 30 small homes and community building in Quixote Village to generate renewable energy.

As an integral community resource for homeless people in Olympia, Quixote Village is an ideal place to house solar energy. The Quixote Village solar project includes 4 solar panels in each of the 30 small houses and 86 panels on the community building, 206 in total. South Sound Solar designed and installed the 66 kilowatt system.

“We are extremely excited to be going solar at Quixote Village,” said Jaycie Osterberg-Brown, Associate Director of Quixote Village. “We are grateful to our partners and funders for making this possible. This will not only reduce our carbon footprint, but the cost savings will allow us to focus more on providing services to our residents. »

The installation will reduce our energy bill, saving the village over $551,000 over the next 40 years. Savings from solar power will directly benefit villagers and support Quixote Communities’ mission. Solar power will reduce Quixote Village’s carbon footprint by 58,000 pounds of CO2 emissions, which is equivalent to planting 705 trees each year or not driving 106,000 miles. The project’s Silfab solar panels were manufactured in Washington State.

“I am delighted with the installation of solar panels as it will be of great benefit to the village and allow us to be more environmentally friendly and hopefully we can save some money to continue benefiting the village” said Quixote Village resident Nancy.

Olympia Community Solar developed the project and secured five grants to fund the project. The installation was funded by the City of Olympia, Puget Sound Energy, Squaxin Island Tribe, Tides Foundation, Collective Sun and the Hammond Foundation.

“The Quixote Village Solar Project is an example of how solar energy can be harnessed as a
powerful tool for equity,” said Mason Rolph, president of Olympia Community Solar. “Solar energy is not only a climate solution, it is a vehicle for economic justice.”

On August 2, the village hosted Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland (WA-10) for a tour of the solar project. “The Quixote Village and Olympia Community Solar partnership will increase equitable access to cleaner, more affordable energy sources,” Strickland said. “That’s why I was proud to support the bipartisan Infrastructure Act and other legislation that will further support clean energy investment in the South Sound.”

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