Founded in 1935, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is one of the country’s premier regional theater companies. Numbering more than 500 members, the OSF company offers more than 750 performances to a total annual audience of about 400,000.
In 2013, the theater company moved its costume, scenery and other production facilities out of cramped spaces at the theatre in Ashland, into a new, 71,544-square-foot building in neighboring Talent. This year, the Oregon Clean Power Co-op will install a 125 kW solar + battery system at the production building, providing the theater company with clean renewable energy, and emergency backup power.
Financing for the project will come from investment by community members, the Energy Trust of Oregon, and a Renewable Energy Development grant from the Oregon Dept. of Energy.