A Eugene real estate company is moving forward with plans to build an assembly and storage facility that would include space for a local solar energy company to build low-cost solar water heaters.
RLA Holdings LLC has submitted plans to the city for the two-building project, totaling 27,420 square feet, on a 0.81-acre lot at Third Avenue and Almaden Street.
RLA Holdings is a real estate company owned by Ronald Anderson, who also owns A&K Development Co., which builds food-processing equipment for the corn industry, and Pacific Metal Fab, a metal fabrication company.
David Beede, project manager for RLA Holdings, said one building would be a three-sided, 15,000-square-foot canopy structure used by A&K Development to store its food-processing equipment. The other, 12,420-square-foot building would be leased to Energy Wise Lighting, which plans to assemble low-cost solar water heaters, as well as to store its lighting fixtures, he said.
He said the project would create 30 to 40 jobs.
Beede said timing of the project is “still open-ended.” He declined to disclose the project’s expected cost.
Energy Wise Lighting officials said last winter that they hoped to start production of the low-cost solar water heaters by this summer. But the company is still working to line up tax credits and test its technology, so it appears production won’t happen until winter, company president Peter Greenberg said Monday.
Energy Wise, which did about $3 million in sales last year, specializes in energy-efficient lighting fixtures for large buildings, including factories, prisons and schools.
Greenberg said earlier this year that his company has installed 50,000 fixtures that save a total of 75 million kilowatt hours a year, a record that won recognition for the company from the Energy Trust of Oregon.
By Tim Christie, The Register-Guard – http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/web/business/19131514-41/story.csp