Big So. Ore. solar system set to go live

The largest solar-electric system in Southern Oregon is set to go live.

Built by Ashland-based True South Solar, the 110.63 kilowatt system has been installed at Darex LLC, a maker of industrial drill and tool sharpeners in Ashland.

Ashland Mayor John Stromberg and representatives of True South Solar and Darex will flip the switch on the system on Jan. 27.

Built with components sourced from Oregon companies including PV Powered of Bend and Deck Monitoring of Eugene, the system is expected to generate enough power to cover half of Darex's annual electricity needs. In addition, it will pay for itself in savings and credits in just four years and save almost 3,000 tons of greenhouse gas carbon dioxide over its 25-year life, according to a True South Solar release.


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