Henningsen installs solar-electric system

June 24, 2010
Solar Nation has announced the installation and commissioning of a 200-kilowatt solar-electric system on the Henningsen Cold Storage Company facility in Gresham OR.

Solar Nation has announced the installation and commissioning of a 200-kilowatt solar-electric system on the Henningsen Cold Storage Company facility in Gresham OR. The cold storage company installed solar power to reduce and stabilize energy costs and to follow through on its commitment to protecting the environment.

The Henningsen installation includes 1,386 thin-film solar panels, manufactured in the United States by UNI-SOLAR, covering 32,479 square feet of pre-existing roof space. This system will supply approximately 20% of electrical energy needs for the 145,000-square-foot facility.

“Due to the nature of cold storage facilities, installing a solar-electric system on our rooftop was complicated, requiring special engineering, permitting, incentive applications, and inspections, said Paul Henningsen, vice-president of corporate development and engineering of Henningsen. “Solar Nation handled the complicated issues on our behalf, simplifying the entire process and allowing us to take advantage of a tremendous opportunity without disrupting our daily operations.”

“Henningsen has proven its commitment to environmental stewardship by building state-of-the-art energy efficient buildings,” said Paul Hodge, chief executive officer of Solar Nation, “and now by incorporating renewable energy, they are clearly leaders Solar Nation is proud to be associated with. Cold storage facilities simultaneously create opportunities and challenges for solar installations. Our engineering team identified these challenges and provided a unique solution for their non-penetrable insulated roofing system.”

Over its 25-year warranted life, Henningsen’s solar-energy system will keep an estimated 158 tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. This is equivalent to driving an automobile more than 5,053,740 miles, or the annual CO2 offset of more than 158,687 trees.

Founded in Portland OR in 1923, Henningsen is one of the largest providers of cold storage facilities in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the United States. For more details, visit www.henningsen.com.

Since its founding in 2008, privately held Portland-based Solar Nation has expanded its operations on the East and West Coast of the United States. Visit www.solarnation.com for more information.

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