Community Solar: How Does it Work?

NOW Everyone Can Go Solar! Community Solar offers an affordable and easy way to grow our own power! Members benefit from monthly bill credits and the whole Co-op benefits from a first step towards a local source for emergency back-up power.

Buy Local! Buy as much or as little of our community-owned solar array as you like. Use the community solar calculator (below) to find the right fit for your budget. The first project will start producing energy this summer!

The Best Part: Save Money! The solar units you purchase offset a portion of your electric bill. Experience a return on investment while also switching a portion of your electricity usage to clean, local solar power.

Please Visit www.opalco.com/solar to learn more

State of the Ocean: Understanding effects from climate and humans by Jan Newton

On August 3rd, 2017, Dr. Jan Newton gave a talk on "The State of the Ocean: Understanding effects from climate and humans" to a packed audience at Brickworks in Friday Harbor, WA. Jan Newton is a principal oceanographer with the Applied Physics Laboratory of the University of Washington, and an affiliate assistant professor in both the UW School of Oceanography and the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. Jan serves as co-director of the recently established Washington Ocean Acidification Center, which operates from the College of the Environment and fosters connections among researchers, policymakers, industry, and others to address key priorities established by the state legislature concerning ocean acidification. She also is the executive director of the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS), which is part of a broader program of Integrated Ocean Observing Systems throughout the United States. Jan's expertise is in biological oceanography, and her work focuses on the physical, chemical, and biological dynamics of Puget Sound and coastal Washington, including understanding effects from climate and humans on water properties.