SolarWorld providing panels for Vestas HQ
By Christina Williams
Editor, Sustainable Business Oregon
An artist's rendering of the new Vestas headquarters in Portland's Pearl District.
In a show of regional renewable energy love, SolarWorld announced Thursday that it will supply Vestas with a 112-kilowatt solar system for the wind company's new North American headquarters building.
The system will sit atop the 102-year-old Meier & Frank Depot building in Portland's Pearl District. The building's redevelopment is aiming for a LEED Platinum designation.
The solar array will be the largest in Portland's central business district.
Both SolarWorld, a 35-year-old German solar manufacturer, and Vestas, a Danish company that has been in the wind business since 1979, keep their North American headquarters in the greater Portland region.
SolarWorld employs more than 1,000 workers at its plant in Hillsboro. Vestas has about 400 employees in Portland and 3,000 nationwide.
Vestas announced last year that it would establish a new headquarters in Portland, effectively renewing its commitment to stay in the area.
When completed next year, the Vestas building will measure 172,000 square feet, including an addition on the fifth floor featuring an ecoroof terrace. There will be tenant and retail space on the first floor. The redevelopment team is led by Gerding Edlen, which owns the building, and includes general contractor Skanska. EC Company of Portland designed the solar system.
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