Seattle City Light has announced $1 million in Community Green Up Grants that include funding solar panel installations at three Capitol Hill Housing complexes and at Seattle Central College.

“Over 13,000 generous community members are investing in a clean, sustainable energy future by sending a few dollars each month to purchase renewable energy credits through our Green Up program,” said City Light Customer Energy Solutions Director Craig Smith in a news release. “City Light is proud to be the steward of this grant and part of the community partnership that will benefit our schools, affordable housing, parks, and hospitals.”

CHH is receiving three Community Green Up Grant totaling $225,000 for solar installations at the Elizabeth James House, Ponderosa Apartments and El Nor Apartments.

The affordable housing developer worked with Spark Northwest on the grant application, which was submitted in July, and Steve Gelb with Emerald Cities Seattle has brought CHH in on the organization’s Renew Multifamily program. CHH has actually identified five buildings that would benefit from energy efficiency retrofits, said McCaela Daffern, sustainability manager with the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict, which is part of CHH.

The Elizabeth James House, Ponderosa Apartments and El Nor Apartments will also be receiving other energy and water efficiency improvements, Daffern said. The roofs will be replaced, she said, so next summer makes the most sense for the solar installations.

“We’re really going to save a lot of money that we can reinvest in the buildings and make the buildings a better place to live,” Daffern said.

The combined solar systems will amount to 158 kilowatts — 78 for Elizabeth James, 33 for Ponderosa and 47 for El Nor.

“That would be six times more solar than the system that we have on top of the Holiday (building) currently,” Daffern said. City Light owns that system until 2020.

This past summer the Legislature also renewed the Washington State Production Incentive that will provide payments for solar production.

Daffern said the savings CHH sees from the incentive will be put into a resident-directed fund for building improvements that tenants can decide on a few years from now.

“I wasn’t sure that we would get all three funded,” Daffern said of the Community Green Up Grants, “and it’s just amazing and it’s really great to see City Light’s Green Up programming is having some equitable impact on Seattle.”

Seattle Central is receiving $200,000 for its solar installation, which is expected to take place next summer on the Broadway Edison building rooftop.

“One of our goals as a college and as a district is to become more sustainable in our operations,” states Seattle Central communications director David Sandler in an email. “We recognize that every entity in the city and throughout the country has a responsibility to conserve resources in order to limit the effects of climate change as much as possible.”

The panel system is expected to be at least 60 kilowatts, but the specifications could end up higher.

Harborview Medical Center will also be installing solar panels through a $50,000 grant.