SolarWorld is planning to build three renewable energy projects on its Hillsboro, Oregon campus with an aim to show customers its products at work with various mounting technologies. SolarWorld’s demonstration park will be a hand-on classroom where customers will be trained in the best practices for mounting and wiring the company’s solar panels
“Our Hillsboro plant has grown to encompass all phases of the solar product life cycle: manufacturing, installation and power generation,” said Gordon Brinser, president of SolarWorld Industries America, based in Hillsboro. “The feat is the ultimate demonstration of the proximity advantages of high-standard domestic operations.”
The demonstrations include three, 150 square foot, pitched roofs that will all have a different SolarWorld product installed. Additionally, the demonstration park will have a flat roof to show ballasted and non-ballasted installations and a free-field system with SolarWorld’s Sunfix ground-mount racking product.
“These projects demonstrate the versatility and installation of SolarWorld products,” said Kevin Kilkelly, president of SolarWorld Americas, the company’s commercial unit. “Prospective customers will see firsthand that whether you’re a homeowner with a tiled roof or a commercial customer with an industrial rooftop, open-air parking lot or vacant land, our panels can be efficiently and effectively mounted using a variety of applications for every market.”