Bend, OR (PRWEB) December 2, 2006
Rising Star Stellar Home Furnishings has harnessed the power of Central Oregon sunshine and energy efficient technologies to reduce operating costs and contribute to a greener, cleaner Oregon.
Since installing a rooftop solar-electric system in January, Rising Star has generated more than 10,000 kilowatt hours of electricity and eliminated more than 20,000 pounds of greenhouse gases. Rising Star will also save more than $1,000 this year on its electricity bill.
High-efficiency lighting recently installed throughout the 6,000 square-foot retail store provides additional cost savings that contribute directly to the business's bottom line results.
After five years, the cost of Rising Star's 9,500-watt rooftop solar system installation will be offset 97 percent by rebates, tax credits and depreciation allowances. "Oregon business owners are fortunate to have state incentives that really help make solar installations financially feasible," explains owner Leslie Blok. "Although the upfront investment was significant, after the first five years the energy cost savings will be as good as money in the bank."
Central Oregon-based Sunlight Solar Energy designed and installed the system, and Bend-based PV Powered manufactured the inverters that convert direct current from the panels into alternating current. Premium Lighting of Eugene installed high-efficiency fluorescent ballasts and tubes, compact fluorescent spotlights and halide exterior lighting.
:: About Rising Star Stellar Home Furnishings
For 21 years, Rising Star Stellar Home Furnishings has sold stylish furniture and made green futons in Bend, Oregon. The company is committed to providing consumers with sustainable, green and organic product choices. For six years running, readers of The Source Weekly have voted Rising Star "Best Furniture Store in Central Oregon." For more on Rising Star, visit http://www.risingstarfurniture.com or call 800-828-6711 (local 541-382-4221).
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