Orland Ace Hardware Store Goes Solar

Jun 1, 2010 7:36 PM

Ace is the place that is turning to solar energy! The Orland Ace Hardware store burned down in 2008, but reopened this year in January. Owner Ben Pforsich wanted the new building to be greener and more efficent, that is why the business is installing about two-hundred and seventy solar panels on the roof. "I've tried to focus on the positive and rebound and make a positive out of a negative situation, so being able to rebuild the business and in doing so, think of ways to go forward in the future."

The installation of the three-hundred thousand dollar system began last month and is anticipated to be done in a few weeks. The energy panels are expected to shave about eighty percent off the electrical bill each month. The system will essentially pay for itself in about seven years.

Installing solar panels is not only good for the business, it also helps out the environment. It is actually the equivalent of taking two-hundred and fifty cars off the road for a year. "Anything that we can do that can lessen our footprint, as they say, is a good thing. I'm a firm believer in recycling and all the things that go along with trying to make your footprint a little less on an individual basis," Pforsich explained.

He is hoping others will see the light when it comes to solar energy. "I was hoping that over here in Glenn County and Orland specifically that we would be able to show off our ability to go green and maybe start a trend with the businesses."

The company installing the panels, Alternative Energy Systems, Incorporated, will be holding free seminars at the store. The first seminar is scheduled for July 14th. Orland Ace Hardware is located on fifth street.


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