Oregon Berry Packing Inc., Hillsboro, Oregon Estimated Annual Savings: 1.2 million kWh and $79,300
Oregon Berry Packing Inc. has high standards for the blueberries, strawberries and black raspberries it supplies to premium buyers worldwide. Those standards include a strong commitment to sustainability. Solar panels, high-efficiency refrigeration controls and high-speed doors, have decreased annual energy purchased by an estimated 1.2 million kilowatt hours.
“Sustainability is inherent in our culture,” said Jeff Malensky, president, Oregon Berry Packing. “It’s part of our story.”
The 34-kilowatt solar electric system installed on the roof produces an estimated 33,600 kWh per year, and the production shows in real time on a monitor in the lobby and on the company’s website. Inside the processing plant, refrigeration controls trim energy use while keeping berries at 34 degrees Fahrenheit—a critical factor in maintaining that “just-picked” freshness. Oregon Berry Packing rounded out its energy-efficiency improvements by installing high-speed doors that help keep warm air from entering the plant’s refrigerated areas.
Energy Trust of Oregon provided technical assistance for the solar and refrigeration projects at no charge, making it easy for Oregon Berry Packing to understand the value of its investments. Energy Trust cash incentives totaling $171,800 helped offset total project costs, which came to $378,000.Read the story >
1201 Lloyd Building, Portland, OR
Back in 2014, the 1201 Lloyd building, located in NE Portland’s Lloyd EcoDistrict, had a respectable, but unexceptional, ENERGY STAR Rating of 75—the lowest score that still qualifies for certification. Together Building Engineer Don Leland and Property Manager Lisa Klein embarked upon a journey to benchmark the building’s energy performance and make smart investments to improve building performance.Read the story >
Vitro Architectural Glass, Salem, Oregon Estimated Annual Savings: $62,000
Vitro Architectural Glass in Salem, Oregon is a participant of Energy Trust of Oregon’s Strategic Energy Management (SEM) offering and they recently celebrated a successful year of energy savings.Read the story >
Bierson Corporation, Central Point, Oregon Estimated Annual Savings: $39,400
Bierson Corporation recently completed an upgrade to the lighting in their manufacturing plant which reduces energy costs while also saving staff time and improving flexibility on the manufacturing floor.Read the story >
Preparatoria en Woodburn reduce costos gracias a Energy Trust
Woodburn Success se convierte en la primera preparatoria inscrita en la iniciativa Path to Net Zero de Energy Trust. La preparatoria le ahorrará aproximadamente $33,000 dólares al año al Distrito escolar de Woodburn. La preparatoria utiliza tan poca energía que todas sus necesidades energéticas anuales podrían ser cubiertas por un sistema solar de 250 kilovatios instalado dentro del área escolar.
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Portland Rescue Mission Shepherd’s Door, Portland Estimated annual savings: $12,000
It takes a village to change lives and that’s exactly what happened on the roof of Shepherd’s Door, Portland Rescue Mission’s addiction recovery community for women. Thanks to a unique arrangement between Twende Solar, Energy Trust and volunteers, a 100.6-kW solar system is saving $12,000 in estimated annual energy costs—making more money available for social services.Read the story >