Tanner Creek Energy Announces Renewable Energy Project for Heritage Seedlings

Installs 73 kW Solar Energy System at Stayton, Oregon Nursery

Oct 27, 2010, 10:00 ET from Tanner Creek Energy

PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Tanner Creek Energy, an energy solutions provider and general contractor announced today the completion of a 73.3  kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system which will lower the wholesale nursery's non-renewable energy consumption and help to reduce its carbon footprint.  

Heritage Seedlings, located in Salem, Oregon, is a propagator of unusual deciduous plant species.  Founded in 1983, Heritage is a family-owned business which has made environmental stewardship and resource conservation tenets of its operations.  Energy and resource conservation is what led the nursery to engage with Tanner Creek Energy of Portland.  

Mark Krautmann, co-owner of Heritage Seedlings, stated, "We chose Tanner Creek for our solar system because their experience in the Oregon agricultural community gave us confidence in their solution would be a good fit for our nursery."

The energy solution provider worked with Heritage management to analyze the energy usage of Heritage properties to identify energy efficiency opportunities and practices suitable to their nursery operations.  Tanner Creek also designed and installed their grid-tied solar energy system, consisting of over 300 SolarWorld PV panels, which will provide electricity in parallel with the local utility service (Pacific Power).  The PV system is installed at the Heritage growing operation in Stayton, Oregon where facilities include a 5-acre greenhouse range, 140 acres of field production and 500,000 cubic feet of cold storage.

Alan Hickenbottom, Tanner Creek president and founder stated, "Heritage Seedlings' effort in habitat restoration on their farms has been a guide for cooperative resource stewardship work with other growers, conservation groups and government.  Their wholesale production of more than eighty kinds of Willamette Valley native wildflower and grass seeds, and now their large solar energy project are an example of their commitment to environmental responsibility."  

About Tanner Creek Energy

Tanner Creek Energy is an energy consulting company and general contractor based in Portland, Oregon. The company is committed to supporting the Northwest economy while helping organizations leverage the financial benefits of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency solutions.  For more information, contact 503.892.5726 or visit www.tannercreekenergy.com.  

SOURCE Tanner Creek Energy