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GloryBee Foods adds Solar Hot Water

3/21/2013 - Eugene, Oregon GloryBee Foods of Eugene is now generating hot water from the Sun, thanks for the just completed 4 collector Solar Thermal array installed by Advanced Energy Systems, LLC. As part of the companies basic belief system that subscribes to a "healthier, more natural life," the installation of Solar Generating facilities is a natural fit. The Small Scale Solar Thermal project will offset a portion of the companies cost for heating water used in the production of it's natural food ...


Solar Highway Project wins Federal Award

In late 2012 the Oregon Solar Highway Program was awarded an Exemplary Human Environment Initiative award from the US Department of Transportation. The Solar Highway Program, developed by Oregon Department of Transportation consists of 2 current solar projects. The original Solar Highway Demonstration project, and the Baldock Solar Highway project. Bothe located off of Interstate 5 near Wilsonville. Both of these innovative projects were designed and installed by Advanced Energy Systems of Eugene. Working w...


Unique Solar Array at New Monroe Library

3/11/2013 Monroe Oregon - The new Monroe library will feature a 9.9kW Solar Electric system with a unique feature. The PV modules being mounted by Advanced Energy Systems of Eugene Oregon are Lumos brand 180W clear backed (transparent) modules. These solar modules will form the roof of the awning on the West side of the library. The modules will be mounted and will allow sunlight to pass through the awning, while also generating electricity. Once the modules are completely mounted, they will be waterproof a...


Southern Oregon Auto Dealerships go Solar!

February 12, 2013 Advanced Energy Systems just completed two 9.9kW solar arrays for two car dealerships in Medford, Oregon. Both Airport Chevrolet, and Southern Oregon Subaru partnered with AES to install solar panels under the Oregon Solar Pilot Program. The original design of Airport Chevrolet called for a traditional "Block" of SolarWorld modules however AES redesigned the layout to emulate the iconic Chevy Bowtie. Link to Southern Oregon Subaru Click HereLink to Airport Chevrolet Click HereFor more...


We've Crossed the Nine Megawatt Mark!

In late November it was pointed out that sometime in October 2012 we passed the cumulative installed total of Nine Megawatts of installed PV in Oregon. We are pretty proud of this effort, and wanted to share our press release on this blog.12/04/2012 - Eugene, Or. Advanced Energy Systems, LLC., one of Oregon's largest and most experienced solar contractors recently passed the cumulative milestone of 9 Megawatts of installed solar energy systems in Oregon. Since 2002, Advanced Energy Systems, LLC. (AES) has ...


AES set to carry AirTap Hybrid Water Heaters

Advanced Energy Systems is now proud to be a vendor and installer for the line of AirTap Hybrid Water Heaters manufactured by AirGenerate of Houston Texas. AES is a solar hot water contractor, and adding these amazing efficient water heaters to the list of services offered by AES will be a great benefit to our customers. Designed to heat water using heat pump technology, the water heaters can be operated in three modes. Energy Saver (heat pump only), Hybrid (heat pump & electric element), and High Deman...


GloryBee Foods Goes Solar

Advanced Energy Systems wishes to Congratulate GloryBee Foods, for development of their own renewable energy program. They will soon have a 23.4kW Solar array located at their facility at 120 North Seneca Road in Eugene. They are already one of the most committed companies to sustainable business practices in Oregon and this step proves that they might just be number one! Please like their Facebook Page and take a peek at their new website. They have lots of great things that you can order online! w...


Utility Scale Battery Systems

Most renewable energy systems have variable production over the course of a given day.  Unlike gas, coal, or nuclear power plants, renewable energy production cannot be easily increased or decreased to accommodate usage characteristics.  A good example of this is the time-of-day production of a solar energy system; power is only produced during a particular solar access window. As utilities begin incorporating more renewable energy into their power mix the ability to store power from variable...


The Importance of Energy Stability

July7, 2012 - There are many reasons people invest in  solar for their home or business and everyone would agree that reducing a their carbon footprint is a great reason; however the financials must be weighed, as it is a long term investment. Current utility rates are just that. They are current, meaning they have been a lot lower in the past and there is no reason to believe that they will be decreasing any time in the future unless you start generating some of your own power. The last 30 years ...


Grid Parity

The term Grid Parity is often thrown around within the solar industry, often in a less than positive light.  The general idea here is to determine the point at which solar energy will be produced at a cost that is equal to or less than the cost of other energy sources.  Currently solar facilities enjoy a number of tax benefits, in addition to local utility incentives.  Many proponents of coal, nuclear, and gas based energy sources point to these subsidies as being an undesirable leg up for an...


Revisit George Rode's Autohaus Solar Installation

In 2009, AES installed a solar facility on George Rode's Autohaus shop in Eugene. George is a strong supporter of sustainability and renewable energy. His mechanic shops are always working towards a "Greener" solution. Here is a link to see details on the original project. We plan to feature other local installations periodically, to remind people that there is a strong market for Solar in Oregon. Whether a large array, or a smaller one anyone can make a difference.Click Here to view the original 2009 proj...


Can Solar in Eugene Survive?

06/19/2012 - Eugene, Oregon; New Installations of solar facilities in Eugene are looking a bit bleak as the current demand is outstripping the supply of utility incentives, and budget belts are tightened.In the past few years, EWEB (Eugene Water and Electic Board) has offered various incentive to both Residential Solar customers, and Commerical Solar customers. At one time the largest roof-top solar array in Oregon was on a commercial building in EWEB territory.This year, in 2012 an all too famili...


Solar in Eugene goes to Full Access

02/06/2012 - Eugene, OregonFull Access, a local Eugene, Non-Profit organization is awaiting final inspections this week, and will commission their new 11kW Solar Facility soon. As a winner of the Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) Greenpower Grant in the fall of 2011, Full Access worked with Advanced Energy Systems, a Solar Contractor in Eugene Oregon to design and install the solar project. EWEB Greenpower Grants are voted on by those customers participating in the EWEB Greenpower program. Full Access ...


Cafe' Yumm! EV Chargers are On!

12/29/2011The final phase of the Cafe' Yumm! PV and Electric Vehicle Charging project was finished last week, as Mike Brown, our certified EV specialist provided training to the staff of Cafe' Yumm! on the usage and operation of their new charging stations. Coupled with the power generation of the solar electric array, the Cafe' Yumm! project is the first combo solar and EV restaurant project in Oregon. A special thanks to Lithia Nissan of Eugene for supplying a 2012  Nissan Leaf as a demonst...


The Shaggy Dog PV Project

The Shaggy Dog boarding facility located in Dallas, Oregon is now producing electricity with their 13.16 kW solar electric system. Designed and installed by Advanced Energy Systems, the 56 SolarWorld 235 watt modules will reduce the companies electricity bill, and save on greenhouse gasses. Funding for the project came from the facility owner, and from a utility incentive administered by the Energy Trust of Oregon. There were no state business tax credits funding the project. The Shaggy Dog is promoting ...


Albany Helping Hands goes Solar

11/09/2011 Albany, OregonThe Albany Helping Hands Shelter has gone solar. Advanced Energy Systems is putting the finishing touches on a 12.8 kW solar system located on the roof of this shelter called Albany Helping Hands. This system of SunPower modules on an integrated ballasted racking is funded by community block grants and will help offset the facilities energy usage, allowing for more funding to be committed to helping those that need the help most. As the winner in the competitive bid process, AES wil...


Cafe' Yumm! Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held

10/26/2011 - Eugene, OregonCafe' Yumm! unveiled their new 41kW solar electric project to the public on October 26th with a ribbon cutting ceremony. This innovative project combined a rooftop solar system, a covered solar parking structure, and 6 EV charging stations. As the first restaurant to offer both solar and EV charging in Oregon, Cafe' Yumm continues to be the leader in sustainability and organic and sustainable practices.When commissioned Cafe' Yumm! will be generating electricity from the sun to o...


Oregon Solar Highway Milestone is Reached.

October 26 2011 - Aurora Oregon; Representatives from Portland General Electric, the Oregon Department of Transportation, Five Stars International and Contractors working on the Solar Highway 1.745 Megawatt project joined Advanced Energy Systems at the construction site today to mark the milestone surrounding the beginning of the Solar World module installation. With the final post driven in the six acre site, and over 50% of the Haticon Racking assembled it was time to start mounting the 250 w...


Oregon Solar Highway Construction in High Gear

As of October 20th, the Oregon Solar Highway project was in high gear. Favorable weather has allowed the post installation to move at a rapid pace. Racking assembly has begun as the preliminary electrical infrastructure is back filled. The image below shows the state of construction on October 18th, 2011. Current electrical work is being performed by Christensen Electric of Portland, Oregon. Specialized pile driving equipment from Sunstall is being used to drive the Sigma posts in and install the Hat...

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