Local solar builder partners with Habitat for Humanity

Itek Energy of Bellingham has partnered with Blue Frog Solar of Poulsbo to install rooftop solar-power equipment on a Habitat for Humanity affordable housing project in Port Orchard.

Each residential system in the project includes 265-watt photovoltaic modules by Itek energy, Blue Frog/APS YC500 microinverters, and Sunmodo racking. Installation is by Sunergy Systems of Seattle.

Kelly Samson, itek energy vice president and founding principal, said the company is honored to have its solar panels included in a Habitat for Humanity project.

The Harris Court homes are being constructed through a combination of homeowners’ sweat-equity and local volunteer labor. A range of designs is planned, from three-bedroom, 1,100-square-foot “ramblers” to four- and five-bedroom, two-story homes with 1,600 square feet of living space.

Roof slopes are oriented to the south to optimize solar potential. Even Harris Court’s yards and common spaces will be sustainable — more than 80 fruit trees are being planted to create an “edible neighborhood.”

The first two homes should be ready for occupancy in November. Eight more homes will be framed and enclosed by fall, with buildout of the entire 32-home project expected within three years.

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