340 kW

Forestry at Oregon State University will be powered by the sun, with the installation of nearly 340 kW of solar panels on Richardson Hall and Peavy Hall. Richardson Hall, finished in 1999, houses OSU’s Department of Wood Science and Engineering and the Department of Forest Science, while adjacent Peavy Hall, built in 2020, is home to OSU’s internationally recognized College of Forestry and the Oregon Forest Research Laboratory.

These highly-innovative wood buildings make use of advanced wood product technologies, some developed with the help of OSU, like cross laminated timber (CLT) and mass plywood panels (MPP), and incorporate cutting-edge technologies to reduce energy use, like dynamic nanotechnology-based windows which tint automatically, reducing unwanted heat gain in the summer while allowing passive heat gain in the winter.

Oregon State University's Richardson Hall solar project

The buildings are also a living laboratory, with 381 sensors which monitor wood moisture content, heat transfer, long-term movement of walls and floors, building and floor vibrations and other factors.

This collaboration between OSU, Oregon Clean Power Co-op and the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition will put 339.45 kW of solar on the roofs of the two buildings.

OSU Forestry Investment Summary

OSU Forestry Offering Memorandum

How To Invest

OSU Forestry Solar Project