PRESCOTT, Wash. - Crews are installing one of the largest solar hot water systems in Washington at Broetje Orchards near Prescott.
The 72 panel system will serve a new housing development going up for the farm's workers.
The Broetje Orchards community is called Vista Hermosa but these days it's going a little more vista 'verde.' This 'green' technology will heat the water for the 40 some new housing units.
This project is part of the company's 'quadruple bottom line.' They balance profit, people, purpose and the planet.
"We're a faith based organization. We try to do these things not because it's politically expedient. So obviously, we wouldn't be installing these solar panels here unless they were actually serving a real function," said Roger Bairstow of Broetje Orchards.
The panel systems doesn't actually create electricity. The sun simply warms the water and stores it in tanks for later use.
The project is a little spendy but was made possible through grants and other funding sources thought it will likely pay for itself in a couple of years. Solar water heaters are said to save up to 30% on electricity costs.