Posts Tagged ‘Solar’

So Live!: True South Solar

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Russ Batzer, President of Batzer Construction also hosts a local news talk show Monday through Thursday each week from 6am-8am.

Whenever the topic is about the construction industry, we’ll post the topics here, so everyone can find out the latest construction news from Southern Oregon.

Eric Hansen, General Manager of True South Solar in Ashland discusses the renewable energy business in Southern Oregon, especially commercially sized solar electric projects.

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Project Update: Complete Care Chiropractic

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

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The trusses are being set on the new walls!  What had been a two dimensional idea on the plans is  now actually 3-dimensional on the site.

2010-12-21 Truss Setting

To see all posts about this project, click HERE

Go Green!

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

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Complete Care Chiropractic

Eagle Point, OR

Started: October 2010
Anticipated Completion :Spring 2011
Facility Category: Clinic/Office
Size:
4904 SF
Architect: Gary Caperna

Project Manager:
Andy McHugh
Superintendent:
Roger Fisher

This project is pioneering commercial solar installations in Oregon!  It’s one of the few projects that made the deadline and is in the Oregon Feed in Tariff solar program, that will eventually replace the Business Energy Tax Credit.   Rather than the state providing tax credits to offset the cost of a solar installation, this project works with the utilities to guarantee the building owner the price that the utility will pay per Kw for 15 years.

But that’s not the end of the story, as we say in green construction the cheapest power, is the power you never have to buy or create. That’s accomplished by building a super efficient building that doesn’t need much power to heat/cool, or light.   This building uses tons of insulation, triple pane windows to make a very effective building shell.   It also has 4′ deep eaves on the south side, to help block the intense summer sun that would make an a/c unit work more.   Finally, because of the super efficiency of the shell, and the great daylight, we were able to reduce the overall size of the furnace and the a/c unit.

Watch for more project updates coming soon!

Going Renewable!

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

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Batzer Construction Goes Renewable!

As part of our “Going Green” Business Plan, Batzer Construction is now purchasing 10% of our power from renewable energy sources such as wind or solar power.

Through Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program, we’re making a commitment to support cleaner, and more local sources of energy.   Since we do a significant amount of steel manufacturing at our shop in Medford, the amount of power we use is larger than many other general contractors that don’t manufacture their own steelwork.  This also means that our choice for renewable power, has a bigger impact.

So what is 10% of our power?  It’s about 19 kW/month or 229 kW/year that we’re now getting from renewable sources.

How does this make a difference.  Well it helps prevent carbon dioxide emissions that would come from electricity that was made at a coal fired electrical plant, or a natural gas electrical plant.   By this decision, we’ve managed to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions by 15 tons.   It would take to 1,260 trees to purify the air of 15 tons of carbon dioxide.

Blue Sky has options for homeowners and for Businesses, we encourage you to take a look, and consider the fact that using wind or solar energy is helping keep our energy dollars in Oregon and in the United States.