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21 Acres, PSE, CCC to dedicate energy monitoring project

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

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The LCD kiosk enabling the electronic monitoring of on-site solar electricity generation. Courtesy photo.
The dedication of a newly installed demonstration and informational LCD kiosk enabling the electronic monitoring of on-site solar electricity generation is planned for Wednesday, March 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the 21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living, 13701 NE 171st Street, Woodinville.

In addition, the system provides leading edge energy efficient technologies including insulated block building shell construction, ground source heat pump, radiant slab heating and natural ventilation system preheated through a large earth berm on the buildings south side.

Funded through a grant from Puget Sound Energy (PSE), this is a cooperative project between 21 Acres, PSE and Cascadia Community College (CCC). CCC students, in a newly formed class series titled energy informatics, designed the kiosk screen showing energy usage and solar generation.

The PSE grant also supports classroom materials for renewable energy education and web-based monitoring software that allows students and interested community members to track how much energy is being generated as the weather changes.

Guest speaker will be Andy Wappler, PSE vice-president corporate affairs and former chief meteorologist at KIRO-TV. After the presentation a light lunch of seasonal harvest soup made with local ingredients will be served.

For information, visit 21acres.org and facebook.com/21acres for more details.

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