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KidsQuest to Get Solar System from Superheroes

August 19, 2015

If you’ve never watched a solar installation of rooftop solar panels, a Bellevue installation on September 1 is one to catch. A&R Solar’s own Solar Heroes, clad in spandex and capes, will install a new 16-panel solar system on the roof at the new home of the KidsQuest Children’s Museum.

A&R Solar is donating the system to KidsQuest, an educational facility dedicated to engaging children and families in science, technology, engineering, art and math trough play. KidsQuest’s new location is the former location of the Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art on 108th Avenue NE and NE 12th Street. The new museum will open in the fall of 2016.

On its blog about the event, A&R Solar notes that the 4.5 kW system will help offset the museum’s overall energy costs and serve as a powerful environmental teaching tool. Of the installation, A&R Solar says, “It’s our way of saying thanks to the community for selecting us as the installer for the Solarize program.”

The installation will begin around 11am. So come stop by to watch the Solar Heroes in action, take photos, learn about the Solarize Campaign, or just to have some coffee.

Do You Have an Idea to Brighten Bellevue?

There’s also another community donation in the works. For every five solar systems that A&R Solar installs beyond 25 systems during the Solarize Bellevue campaign, the company will donate $2,000 towards a community award. The award will go to a local nonprofit, community or school group, or individual that has a project that will benefit Bellevue residents.

Applications and other details will be announced in next month’s newsletter, at GreenWA.org, at PPRC, or at A&R Solar. Check out preliminary details below:

HOW IT WORKS

1) Proposals will be accepted through Thursday, Oct. 1  (see eligibility rules below).

2) Our Solarize Bellevue team made up of representatives from A&R Solar, the City of Bellevue, and the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) will sort through the proposals and select a handful of finalists.

3) Finalists will be notified, and public voting will take place on the A&R Solar website on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

4) Public voting ends on Monday, Oct. 19.

5) The Solarize Bellevue committee will select one or more winners based on the number of votes received and the strength of the proposal.

6) The winner(s) will be announced during the final Solarize Bellevue workshop on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015!

ELIGIBILITY/RULES

  • The deadline for project proposals is Thursday, Oct. 1 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Finalists will be notified by Tuesday, Oct. 6, and public voting will begin that day.
  • You don’t have to be a Bellevue resident or an organization or group based in Bellevue, but your project must specifically impact Bellevue residents.
  • Individuals with great ideas are encouraged to apply, although we will have to cut a check to a sponsoring nonprofit, PTA, or another organization.
  • The money will be distributed to one or more projects, based on the Solarize Bellevue committee’s recommendation.
  • The check(s) will be sent by December 31, 2015.

Upcoming Bellevue Workshops

If you’re a Bellevue resident or business owner interested in solar, be sure to check out one of the below upcoming Community Workshops. Workshops provide an opportunity to learn about the benefits of solar as well as the details of installations, financing, pay-back period, and anything else you may want to know.

  • Workshop 3 Tuesday, September 1, Northwest Arts Center Studio D, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. pm. Register here
  • Workshop 4 Thursday, September 24, Highland Community Center Multipurpose Room, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Register here!

To keep up-to-date about the program and to register for the Solarize Bellevue Community Workshops, head on over to GreenWA’s website.

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