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Chandler blue jeans recycler going green

PHOENIX -- Bonded Logic, a Valley company that turns recycled blue jeans into home insulation products, will be the site for one of the largest private solar energy projects in state history.

Sean Desmond with Bonded Logic said ground will be broken Tuesday at 10 a.m. on the Talons Solar Field, a 65,000-square-foot system that will use 1,300 solar panels.

"As far as I know, in the state of Arizona, we'll be the only facility that's making a green and sustainable product that is partially powered by solar energy," Desmond said. "It will help power our plant by providing 26 percent of our annual consumption. That's enough to power 57 homes for a year."

The massive solar panel project should be wrapped up by mid-summer.

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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