Port Townsend Solar

Port Townsend is the home of Power Trip Energy, and the community has a well-earned reputation as a hotbed of solar installations – we’ve installed more solar power systems in Port Townsend than just about anywhere else. Solar works well in PT; the North OIympic Peninsula averages approximately 3.5 hours of full sun per day. That is about 70% of the sun resources of southern California. This makes grid-tied solar installations very popular here. Power Trip Energy has installed many solar PV systems in Port Townsend over the years; here are a few of our latest projects:

Blue Heron Middle School, 100 KW, Port Townsend, 2023

Blue Heron Middle School, 100 KW, Port Townsend, 2023

This was a very special project, since this middle school in Port Townsend is where most of our kids went and some of the Power Trip Energy kids are currently attending 6th through 8th grade.  This was the second project on which we have been fortunate to work with UMC, from Lynnwood, WA, which is serving as an ESCO (Energy Services Company) for Port Townsend School District.  If you are managing a large commercial or public facility, you would be well-served to consult with UMC to find available grants and help prioritize money and energy saving projects.

We worked very hard to give our school district the best project possible for a very good price.  It was a privilege to install this project, and it has also been fun to be able to speak with some of the kids about it.  It will help our school keep its energy costs lower on obviously tight budgets, for decades to come.  For this project we used Maxeon PV modules, which came with a 40 year warranty!

Fort Worden Commons, 47kW, Port Townsend, 2018

Fort Worden Commons, 47kW, Port Townsend, 2018

Fort Worden PDA is ambitiously pursuing energy efficiency upgrades to their buildings and included a solar array in their long-term planning. Power Trip Energy installed a 47 KW array composed of 144 SunPower 327 watt modules on the Fort Worden Commons, which will produce over 50,000 kWh a year.

This project was unusual for us in that we served as a sub-contractor to an ESCO.  Energy Service Companies specialize in taking a holistic approach to a facility’s or campus’ energy use and helping their clients navigate energy efficiency projects, renewable energy, help procure funding through grants or rebates, and serve as general contractors to coordinate the various aspects of the projects.  In this case the Fort Worden PDA hired University Mechanical Contractors from Mukilteo as their ESCO and UMC helped procure some state funding to help with these efficiency projects.

Fort Worden is a jewel of Port Townsend which means so much to us, and sees so many visitors each year from all around the world.  We are proud of our work with the PDA and UMC to help preserve and contribute to the park’s economic sustainability through clean solar energy.