By Staff Writers
SEKO Worldwide has announced that its Portland, Ore. facility recently installed a 31-kilowatt, 143-panel solar voltaic system to supply the vast majority of its electricity needs.
The ultra-efficient, 220-watt polycrystalline solar panel system went live in December 2009. It generates approximately 80 to 90 percent of the electricity needed to power SEKO's 33,000-square-foot Portland warehouse and office. Excess electricity is sold back to Portland General Electric via a net metering system that allows the utility's electricity used by the facility vs. the electricity produced by the solar panels to cancel each other out and produce a net credit or deficit.
The system uses panels manufactured and sold by Grape Solar, (based in Eugene, Ore.) and produces enough power every day to provide the electricity needs for 15 average homes.