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Sunlight Grows Farm Power near Seattle

Tani Creek Farm, located on WA State's Bainbridge Island, uses sunlight for more than just growing great vegetables.
Sunlight Grows Farm Power near Seattle

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Tani Creek Farm, located on WA State's Bainbridge Island, uses sunlight for more than just growing great vegetables.

The 25-acre biodynamic farm uses solar power for all its agricultural needs such as irrigation, water movement and food production, as well as for residential purposes. Installed on two outbuildings by NWEBG member Sound Power of Seattle, the 29-kilowatt system has been operating since 2006 on Bainbridge Island. The grid-tied solar system at Tani Creek makes power instantaneously available to the entire property.

Owner Helmut Sassenfeld says, "We wanted to begin with a home and farm built with old world materials... that would last centuries. We also used... passive design... and incorporated modern technology for heat storage and distribution." The successful solar strategies integrate well with his goals for a sustainable farm and lifestyle. More people in the oft-cloudy Northwest are flocking to solar as they discover that the Seattle area alone has 70 percent of the harvestable solar power of Los Angeles.

Sunlight Grows Farm Power near Seattle
Tani Creek Farm is powered by the sun on Bainbridge Island near Seattle in the Pacific Northwest.
Sunlight Grows Farm Power near Seattle
The elegant, frameless modules at Tani Creek Farm were rewired by Sound Power to replace existing connections between the modules with flexible, nonmetallic, non-conducting conduit and individual connectors.
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