Quixote Communities and Olympia Community Solar Announce Quixote Village Solar Project
November 18th, 2022– Olympia, WA –– Quixote Communities and Olympia Community Solar are inviting everyone to a special ribbon cutting ceremony marking the completion of the Quixote Village Solar Project. Construction of the solar array on Quixote Village’s 30 tiny homes and community building was completed on August 20th. Come by the courtyard steps in the back at 11am to hear from a handful of project partners and Quixote residents followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the beginning of the project going online! A light reception will take place afterwards.
As an integral community resource for the unhoused in Olympia, Quixote Village is an ideal
location for hosting solar. The Quixote Village solar project includes four solar panels across
each of the thirty tiny homes and 86 panels on the community building (206 total). South Sound
Solar designed and installed the 66 kilowatt system.
“We are extremely excited to go solar at Quixote Village. We are grateful for our partners and
funders for making this possible. This will not only reduce our carbon footprint, but the cost
savings will let us focus more on providing services to our residents.” stated Quixote Village
Associate Director Jaycie Osterberg-Brown.
The installation will reduce the village’s energy bill, saving more than $551,000 over the next
forty years. Savings from the solar energy will directly benefit village residents by making more resources available for mental health programs and services. The solar energy will reduce Quixote Village’s carbon footprint by 58 thousand pounds of CO2 emissions, equivalent to planting 705 trees every year, or not driving 106,000 miles. The project’s Silfab Solar Panels were manufactured in Washington State.
“I am excited for the solar panel installation because it will be very beneficial to the Village and
allow us to be more environmentally friendly and hopefully we will be able to save money to
continue to benefit the Village.” said Quixote Village Resident Nancy.
This project is another example of the work that Olympia Community Solar does creating clean energy opportunities for people and organizations who thought Solar was out of reach. Olympia Community Solar developed the project and secured five grants to fund the project.
Project funding came from The City of Olympia, Puget Sound Energy, the Squaxin Island Tribe, and the Tides Foundation. “The Quixote Village solar project is an example of how solar energy may be leveraged as a powerful tool for equity. Solar energy is not only a climate solution, it is a vehicle for economic justice” stated Olympia Community Solar President Mason Rolph.
On August 2nd the Village hosted Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland for a solar project tour and got a chance to hear from partners and residents directly about how remarkable it is for these community members to produce their own energy. “The Quixote Village and Olympia Community Solar partnership will increase equitable access to cleaner and more affordable energy sources,” said Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland (WA-10). “That’s why I was proud to support the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and other legislation that will further support clean energy investments across the South Sound.”
ABOUT QUIXOTE VILLAGE: Quixote Communities is a 501c3 nonprofit organization
incorporated under the name Panza. Its mission is to provide permanent supportive housing for
people experiencing homelessness. Quixote Communities creates and manages tiny home
villages that foster community, encourage personal growth, and promote access to care and
services. It currently owns and operates Quixote Village in Olympia, which opened in 2013, and
the Orting Veterans Village, which opened in 2021.They are currently working on the Shelton
Veterans Village, slated to open in 2023. Learn more at www.quixotecommunities.org
ABOUT OLYMPIA COMMUNITY SOLAR: The mission at Olympia Community Solar, a nonprofit
organization, is to steward an equitable and accessible transition to clean energy through
community solar education, policy, and project development. Learn more at https://olysol.org/.
ABOUT SOUTH SOUND SOLAR: South Sound Solar has been installing residential and
commercial solar systems for over 14 years, primarily focused in the six-county area of
Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Grays Harbor, Pierce and Kitsap. They are a Tier 1 installer in the PSE
Contractor Alliance Network and were founding members of the Washington Solar Energy
Industries Association. They are well known for their community contributions and dedication to
See the project’s webpage here: https://olysol.org/project/quixote-village/