Oregon bakery blends pastry and PV with dual-axis solar project

Ashland, Oregon based Tracker Solar Energy was chosen to design and build a state-of-the-art solar installation for Franz Bakery’s new Outlet Store and Depot in Medford. The six dual-axis tracker installations in the parking lot will make the new site net-zero electric while also housing potential future EV charging stations.

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“Franz is proud to support renewable energy efforts in partnership with Stracker Solar at our new Medford Outlet Store and Depot location,” said Mike Petitt, Chief Financial Officer at Franz Bakery. “We are continuously looking for ways to reduce energy consumption. The solar trackers at this location will provide an optimal solution to reduce energy costs and support climate action in the community.”

Main contractor JB Steel is leading the construction of the 21,000-square-foot facility and associated buildings.

“With the increased demand for green energy, we felt it was important that we have the ability to incorporate solar energy into our projects,” said Alex Batzer, project manager at JB Steel. “Providing the best solutions to our customers is an essential part of our way of doing business, and solar is no exception. We chose to partner with Stracker Solar because of their unique product that is not only perfectly compatible with parking lots, but also because of the most efficient PV system available.”

JB Steel started work on the site in January 2022 with the installation of the solar trackers, which is scheduled for early June. Full completion of the project is expected around mid-summer 2022.

“We are grateful to JB Steel and Franz Bakery for choosing us for this project,” said Jeff Sharpe, Founder and CEO of Stracker Solar. “It’s a great example of companies working together to bring greater energy resilience and sustainability to our local communities. That’s what Stracker Solar is all about.

“Giving up large tracts of valuable land for solar energy is not feasible for most communities. For true sustainability, we need to conserve land use while generating as much clean energy as possible,” said Sharpe.

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