Northwoods Nursery / One Green World
Northwoods Nursery is a Molalla, Oregon based grower of unique fruiting and ornamental trees and shrubs. The nursery’s products are available through wholesale and retail channels, including its One Green World website. Since its inception in 1979, the nursery has been a leader in the industry in sustainable practices including energy and water conservation practices and efficient waste management.
In November 2009, Tanner Creek Energy completed the design and installation of a 12.6 kW grid-tie roof-mounted photovoltaic system at Northwoods’ 66-acre operation in Molalla. The solar array is mounted atop the company’s multi-use building, which houses retail, shipping and receiving operations. “This solar array will offset over 10% of our annual energy usage, helping us transition away from fossil fuels,” said Northwoods’ owner Jim Gilbert.
This system produces approximately 13,500 kWh of electricity per year and will reduce the facility’s carbon impact by an average 11 tons each year and by 252 tons over the 25 year life of the system.