Solamor powers greener events

Solamar's custom engineered generators provide carbon-free power for events.

Solamar's custom engineered generators provide carbon-free power for events.

Solamor Event Services LLC’s custom engineered units use the sun, the wind and biodiesel to power events, providing temporary power while treading lightly on the environment.

The Portland-based company started three years ago as a bit of lark. Tatianna Pavich and Peter Clark, two solar industry employees, worked together to build a solar-powered stage for a concert in North Plains.

“We did our first solar event and it grew into a giant beast from there,” is how Pavich puts it.

Since that first solar stage, built for the String Cheese Band, Solamor has developed a fleet of seven different custom power-generation units that use different combinations of solar, wind and biodiesel. Solamor has provided low-carbon power to events from the Burning Man Festival’s “NASA’s Yuri’s Night World Space Party” to last year’s PDX Bridge Festival and the Portland Marathon.

“We’re doing entire smart grids for festivals,” Pavich said.

Pavich and Clark employ up to 100 contractors during the busy summer season and the partners report that revenue has doubled with each passing year as more events look to cut down on their carbon footprint.

There are only a few companies around the United States with a similar product — green temporary power generators — and Solamor’s was engineered mainly by Clark, who experimented with off-the-grid building in Arizona before coming to Portland.

What’s next for Solamor?

Pavich, a member of the technical working group put together by the Portland-based Council for Responsible Sport, said she expects to see more Solamor units at sporting events.

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