Solar Nation, Portland, Ore., said it installed and commissioned a 200kW solar-electric system on a Gresham, Ore., public refrigerated warehouse operated byHenningsen Cold Storage Co. Officials said the project includes 1,386 thin-film solar panels that cover 32,479 square feet of preexisting roof space. This system will supply approximately 20 percent of the electrical energy needs for the 145,000-square- foot facility.

"Due to the nature of cold storage facilities, installing a solar-electric system on our rooftop was complicated, requiring special engineering, permitting, incentive applications, and inspections," said Paul Henningsen, Henningsen's vice president of corporate development and engineering. "Solar Nation handled the complicated issues on our behalf, simplifying the entire process and allowing us to take advantage of a tremendous opportunity without disrupting our daily operations."

Officials estimate that during its 25-year warranted life, the solar-energy system will keep 158 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.

Based in Hillsboro, Ore., Henningsen Cold Storage is one of the largest providers of cold storage facilities in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the United States.

Swisslog Logistics Inc., Newport News, Va., said it will was selected to develop a "state-of-the-art" distribution center forSchreiber Foods, a cheese and cultured products company based in Green Bay, Wis. Terms of the project were not disclosed. Swisslog provides facility design services as well as logistics software and material handling equipment.