Lake County solar project is a real trailer blazer
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
When it comes to solar panel installation, E2 Solar's Ryan Hendrix really lays it down.
Businesses in Southern Oregon's Lake County have crafted a comprehensive renewable energy demonstration project.
The E2 Solar company worked with several other suppliers, the state of Oregon and Lake County residents to convert a 16-foot enclosed trailer into a mobile renewable energy demonstration unit.
By installing a stand-alone solar electric system on the trailer to power onsite loads, the project aptly demonstrates how solar energy works. The project aims to shatter myths about renewable energy, raise awareness of how such systems work and prove that renewable energy can power businesses and homes.
The trailer will travel around the region to Christmas Valley, Silver Lake, Lakeview, Paisley and Adele this spring to demonstrate how solar can benefit business owners and residents.
Solar Oregon, the nonprofit that advocates for solar technology, is managing the project, which was backed by grants from the Oregon Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Energy.
SolarWorld, Sunmodo and North Coast Electric donated equipment for the project. Battery Systems of Bend, Home Depot, Rabe Consulting, Blaser Trailer, Home Power and ECONAR also played key roles.
E2 Solar's Mike Hewitt led the labor team.
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