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Trees & Solar: The Site Survey Connection

We’re blessed with both a lot of sunshine and a lot of trees in Southern Oregon. Sometimes the very trees we love the most block our solar access and make siting a solar electric system difficult. So, how do we coexist with trees, deal with shading issues, get the most out of our solar electric systems, and do the right thing for the environment? The answer begins by hiring the right solar professionals. 

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Coyote Trails Solar Pavilion Project

This post was written by the staff at Coyote Trails School of Nature, located in Medford. We are delighted to share with you our endeavor at the Coyote Trails Nature Center! We decided in 2013 to become a “net zero” solar-powered property. We were successful at finding marvelous partners for the project. We went back

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Rogue Creamery Goes Solar

Rogue Creamery has been dedicated to sustainability in its cheesemaking, fully participating in the 3 R’s: reducing waste, reusing whey, and using recycled content in packaging. Turning on the power for our solar panels gave Cary and me such great joy,” notes David Gremmels. “Knowing we are helping the environment by watching the energy consumption move backwards is too impressive for words. Bring on the sun!” 

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Darex Corporation Installs Solar

Installed at Ashland-based Darex, LLC, maker of the world’s best-selling industrial drill and tool sharpeners, the 110.63 kilowatt system will generate over half of the company’s annual electricity needs.

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Ideal Candidates for a Residential Grid-Tied System

Bonnie Johnson and Paul Torrence represent ideal candidates for a residential grid-tied system. The retired couple has a goal of achieving net zero energy use and prior to the PV installation had invested in energy-efficient household appliances. The installed 6.58 kW array is sized to generate approximately 75% of their annual electricity. When a planned domestic solar water heating system is installed, their overall energy use will be close to net zero.

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