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Powell's Books Solar Energy Project

Installation of a one hundred-kilowatt photovoltaic system to power and NW warehouse
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  2. Michael Powell and Emily PowellEmily Powell and Michael Powell
    Michael Powell, owner of Powell's Books and daughter Emily invested in the 100 Killowatt photovoltaic system on its facility in NW Portland.
  3. Solar panel installationSolar panel installationSolar panel installation
    PV panels are mounted to a custom engineered frame system.
  4. Tilting frame systemTilting frame system
    The frame system lifts panels off the roof and tilts them
    at a precise angle to the sun, optimizing efficiency.
  5. Row of solar panels
    Powell's PV system is designed with 540 individual solar panels.
    This row of panels is one of nine rows of solar panels on the roof.
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