So is SolarWorld going to install a wind turbine now? It only seems fair, after the announcement that a 112-kilowatt photovoltaic system by SolarWorld – “the largest roof-mounted solar array in Portland’s central business district,” the company said – will be going in at the new U.S. headquarters of wind-power giant Vestas.
These two clean-energy companies are Oregon neighbors, with Vestas in Portland and SolarWorld about 15 miles west of the city in Hillsboro. Vestas already has offices in Portland, but will move into new downtown digs – the 102-year-old Meier & Frank Depot building – next year.
According to SolarWorld, the new solar-power system will supply about 12 percent of the building’s electricity needs and “will cap an impressive list of cutting-edge energy and environmental features that are expected to position the historical building on Northwest Everett Street to pursue LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification.”
Vestas employs 400 people in Portland and 3,000 nationwide, while SolarWorld counts more than 1,000 employees in Hillsboro, along with 250 workers in Camarillo, Calif.