Largest Solar System Installation in Marion County Goes Live

Woodburn, OR – January 02, 2015 – Kerr Contractors, the leading heavy civil general contractor and construction management firm  in Oregon, announced today the installation of a 100KW photovoltaic (PV) solar system at their newly remodeled corporate headquarters In Woodburn, Oregon.   The system which consists of 330 PV solar panels was installed on a warehouse roof and is believed to be the largest solar system to date in Marion County.  

Working with Energy Trust Trade Ally, NW Photon Energy (NWPE) of Portland, Oregon, Kerr Contractors was able to cover more than a third of the total project cost by taking advantage of Energy Trust cash incentives as well as federal Investment Tax Credits (ITC’s).   NW Photon Energy’s system design has allowed Kerr to slice its energy bill significantly as almost half of its current energy is being generated from the solar panels.

According to Brent Kerr, founder and company president, the firm’s monthly electric bills used to run about $1,800.  The solar panels were up and running in December and Kerr notes that the monthly electric bill in January was $429.  Approximate annual savings for the company are estimated to be as high as $13,000 with a total Return on Investment (ROI) of 5 years.

NW Photon Energy’s design also utilized a unique, non-penetrating racking and mounting system  designed for easy installation on metal seamed roofs.  Proprietary clamps eliminated the need for drilling and roof penetration.

About NW Photon Energy

NW Photon Energy of Lake Oswego, Oregon, is an active provider, designer and installer of turnkey photovoltaic (PV) solar systems in the Pacific Northwest.  They offer a full range of services in connection with the planning, development, implementation, operations and financing of commercial and utility scale solar applications.  NWPE is an approved Energy Trust Trade Ally.

For more information, please contact:

Kirk Cameron, President
(503) 697-4482

About Kerr Contractors

Established in 1988, Kerr Contractors is a leading heavy civil general contract and construction management firm headquartered in Woodburn, Oregon.  Kerr Contractors is recognized as one the most technically advanced earthmoving, road building and underground utilities contractors in the region.  Their business is founded on trusting relationships, excellent service, workmanship that has enduring character and meeting or exceeding customer expectations every time.