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November 7, 2012

Kemp West outfits new office with solar panels

Photo courtesy of Northwest Wind & Solar [enlarge]

Kemp West recently moved into its new office and fleet maintenance shop at Sinclair and Bickford avenues in Snohomish. The company provides brush clearing and tree trimming for utilities and municipalities.

Before the move-in, Kemp West had a 31.39-kilowatt photovoltaic solar system installed by Northwest Wind & Solar on the roof of the 6,000-square-foot building. With incentives and tax credits, the system is expected to pay for itself after seven years.

The system has a life expectancy of about 40 years and consists of SunPower 327-watt solar panels and string inverters. Kemp West expects the system to supply most of its electricity needs.

Other green elements in the project are energy-efficient windows and lighting, drought-tolerant landscaping and a heat system for the shop that burns waste oil from the company's fleet of trucks.

PugetWest Construction of Arlington was the general contractor for the building and Capital Architects of Everett was the designer. Perbix Bykonen was the engineer.

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