Solar Powered “Net-Zero Community” on Lopez Island, WA

ERG alumni Chris and Chom Greacen explain the vision and execution that brought to life the Common Ground community on Lopez Island, WA. Read about the project’s origins and objectives, efficiency and affordability, solar energy, and community.

“In 2006, a group of local residents set a goal of creating net-zero-energy (NZE) straw-bale homes as part of the Lopez Community Land Trust (LCLT), an affordable housing project on Lopez Island in rainy Washington State. By 2007, we had architectural drawings and engineering designs. In 2008, we became a part of the resident-builder construction process of 11 homes, and have lived in one of these cozy homes since their completion in March 2009.”

The full article was featured in Home Power Magazine.