SolarWorld turns Hillsboro plant into solar showcase
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
SolarWorld has installed a living lab of solar panels at its facility in Hillsboro.
SolarWorld announced Monday it will install solar panels on the rooftop of its Hillsboro plant with the goal of generating 1,200 megawatt hours of solar energy per year as part of a demonstration park of solar technologies.
This month, SolarWorld started the installation of nearly 1 megawatt of solar panels on top of its 210,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, which the company built in 2009.
Last fall, SolarWorld built a 30-kilowatt solar-covered carport — an installation that provides coverage for 14 cars and one electric vehicle charger — as well as a solar demonstration park featuring four model rooftops exhibiting a variety of installation technologies.
The new projects were set up to give customers a way to see SolarWorld panels at work in a variety of settings. The demonstration park will also serve as a classroom SolarWorld can use to train customers in mounting and wiring technologies.
"Prospective customers will see firsthand that whether you’re a homeowner with a tiled roof or a commercial customer with an industrial rooftop, open-air parking lot or vacant land, our panels can be efficiently and effectively mounted using a variety of applications for every market," said Kevin Kilkelly, president of SolarWorld Americas, in a press release.
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