This February before the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, HKP Architects saw their 13.3kW solar photovoltaic system get installed by Western Solar. The system was financed through a low-interest loan, federal tax credits, USDA REAP grant, sales tax credits, net-metering, year-one depreciation, and discount for participating in the Solarize program. HKP made other energy-savings inside like an LED lighting retrofit, partially funded by a Community Energy Challenge grant. The system will generate about 35% of the building’s electric load demand.
Workers prep the rooftop with supports and electrical connections to the main converter, located inside the building. Panels were craned up onto the roof for installation (shown below).
The panels fill much of the low-slope roof and can be removed for re-roofing. The installation is not visible from the street, protecting the historic character of the 1935 WPA Post Office building which houses our offices.
An online live-status reporting system keeps track of our daily and yearly energy production, and its equivalent to the amount of trees planted to CO2 emissions saved.
HKP Architects is dedicated to reducing our environmental footprint in our design work and in our own business operations. Read more about the PV install in the Skagit Valley Herald article here.