MEDFORD, Ore. — While pizzas are served up inside, solar panels are powering up outside during the afternoons at Kaleidoscope Pizza. The Medford restaurant reports success in saving energy and cutting energy costs in the first two years the panels have been up.
More than 83,000 kilowatt hours of electricity have been generated in the two years since kaleidoscope pizzeria installed the solar panels – about 10% of their overall energy use.
Owner Jake Allmaras says he had the panels installed because it fit into his business philosophy and it was an opportunity to cut energy costs over the long term.
Allmaras says he is a supporter of alternative energy and other things his restaurant does to go green include some wine coming in kegs to avoid extra glass bottles and some kitchen waste being recycled to a farmer in the Applegate.
Allmaras encourages anyone interested in solar panels to look into the opportunity to reduce energy consumption.
“It does help to at least slightly reduce the cost. It’s more like, you know, you have a journey of a thousand miles and it begins with the first step and hopefully more and more people will take that step,” Allmaras says.
The energy produced in the past two years at Kaleidoscope is equal to saving more than 140,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from a coal fired power plant.