Papa Murphy's of Madras Adds Solar
Madras, Oregon - September 7, 2010 - Local Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza franchisees announced today they are partnering with Portland, Oregon-based Northwest Photon Energy (NWPE) to install solar panels as well as solar water heating at their Madras, Oregon location. Restaurant owners, Jeff and Cheryl Long, have selected an 18.7 kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system along with a solar thermal collection and hot water heating system, both manufactured by Schuco-USA.
"We are committed to making Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza more efficient and environmentally friendly," say the Longs. "We are excited about the switch to alternative energy. The panels look great and we're looking forward to lower energy bills and less reliance on our local grid."
Northwest Photon Energy (NWPE) is responsible for the design and installation of the rooftop-mounted systems. The high performance PV system includes modules, inverter, switch and mounting hardware. Combined with Schuco's solar thermal water system, Papa Murphy's has an all inclusive solar energy solution that is expected to reduce annual energy consumption by over fifty percent, totaling almost $400 a month in energy savings.
Kirk Cameron, President of NWPE, says, "this is a fully integrated system designed for maximum long-term output. The installation is fast, the maintenance is minimal and the lower utility bills and enhanced building value all benefit the business owner." Cameron add that the systems will produce clean power for many decades while offsetting electricity bills. " The climate in the Madras, Prineville, Bend and Redmond areas is exceptionally conducive to solar energy systems," says Cameron.
In a unique arrangement with 3CSolar, specialists in solar project financing, also of Portland, OR, Long will enjoy a multi-year lease of the systems with the option to purchase the systems at a later date. These systems have been financed with a combination of state business energy tax credits (BETCs), incentives from the Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO) and federal tax credits. 3CSolar would not disclose the price of the systems but said that they expect to recoup the costs after five years.
About Northwest Photon Energy
Northwest Photon Energy (NWPE) 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, operation and financing of commercial and utility scale solar applications and photovoltaic systems. NWPE is an approved Energy Trust Trade Ally.
Located in Lake Oswego, Oregon, they work closely with state agencies, power suppliers and businesses to provide the most experienced solutions for their renewable solar energy systems.
Northwest Photon Energy
560 First St., Suite 104
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
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