Olympia Farmers Market, Olympia Community Solar, South Sound Solar Announce Partnership

Courtesy of The Olympia Farmers Market via Facebook

The Olympia Farmers Market, Olympia Community Solar, and South Sound Solar have announced a partnership to complete the Sunflower Community Solar Project.

The program — meant to serve residents through the South Puget Sound who don’t own their home, whose homes cannot physically accommodate solar panels, or who cannot financially incorporate solar — aims to produce enough energy to power the entire Olympia Farmers Market by September 2021.

“[We are] excited to incorporate solar energy into the daily function of our organization,” said the Olympia Farmers Market’s director of operations Brett Warwick. “We are constantly searching for opportunities to benefit our community, and this includes environmental consciousness.”

The Sunflower Project will feature a 75-kilowatt system (designed by South Sound Solar) that includes 200 Washington-made solar panels. Located above the entrance of the Market, The Sunflower Project hopes to bring energy cost savings and pollution reduction to the Market.

Solar units will be available to the public and sold for $300 per half solar panel.

“We hope to lead by example by taking steps to decrease our carbon footprint,” said Warwick. “I am confident Olympia Community Solar and South Sound Solar will provide the Market pavilion with a well-crafted array of panels for all to enjoy in the decades to come.”

The public can support the project by purchasing or donating solar units. Learn more here.