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Founded in 1979, Solar Oregon is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit membership organization providing public education and community outreach to encourage Oregonians to choose solar energy.
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A month by month status report of Solar Oregon

 Organizational News January 2014

Join Our Team

Events Coordinator

Solar Oregon is a nonprofit organization that provides outreach and education on solar technology and its applications, methods for improving energy efficiency, and ideas for building a carbon-neutral future. We serve as a connector and source of information for Oregon’s solar community.

The Events Coordinator Intern will focus on the development of the 2014 Solar Now! University, and support Solar Oregon’s regular and special events.  Scheduled for June of 2014, Solar Now! University is a statewide conference that provides community leaders the technical education and background needed to launch local solar energy initiatives.  In addition, the intern will provide marketing and logistical support for Solar Oregon’s monthly networking event “Solar Drinks” as well as fundraising and community outreach events.
This position is no longer open.





Organizational News June 2013 

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Community Solar Internship
Unpaid Internship
Solar Oregon is a nonprofit organization that provides outreach and education on solar technology and its applications, methods for improving energy efficiency, and ideas for building a carbon-neutral future. We serve as a connector and source of information for Oregon’s solar community.
The Intern will focus will work closely with Solar Oregon’s team and the lead project team at Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability on Solar Forward a Community solar project which represents a new addition to Portland’s tools for transforming the local market for solar energy. Community solar is intended to make participation in the installation of photovoltaic (PV) systems available and accessible to a wider, more diverse audience of Portlanders, including renters, homeowners with shaded properties, and those wanting to fund PV in smaller increments than a typical residential system.
The City of Portland has been awarded grant funds from the Oregon Community Foundation's Penstemon Fund in the amount of $100,000. These funds will enable the installation of a solar electric system on Portland Parks & Recreation's Southwest Community Center, providing an opportunity for a wider range of Portlanders to engage in the expansion of clean local energy production.

Organizational News February 2013

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Bookkeeper Position


Works with the Executive Director to manage Solar Oregon’s finances.

 Primary Responsibilities:

·                 Pay and record invoices/bills in QuickBooks; Oversees preparation of billings for various funding sources. 

·                 Ensure adequate fund balances are maintained in different bank accounts. Reconcile all bank accounts.

·                 Work with ED to track employees’ time and indirect and admin cost allocation, providing an accurate accounting of SO’s Fundraising and Administrative costs v. Programmatic costs;

·                 Grant management ensuring compliance with grant expenditure rules.

·                 Provide analysis on financial trends of the organization, financial efficacy of fundraising strategies and budgeting projections.

·                 Prepare useful and timely monthly financial reports for Executive Director, Staff and Board including profit and loss, balances, cashflow spreadsheet and budget comparisons.`

·                 Assist with organization’s annual and project budgeting;

·                 Update financial manual as needed;

·                 Process credit card donations as needed.

·                 Manage organization’s liability insurance and workers’ compensation.

·                 Work with accountant to manage and prepare the tax reporting and filing requirements for all state and federal agencies. 


Schedule: Flexible, but must partially overlap with traditional daytime business hours, Monday through Friday. Possibility to work remotely on occasion.

 Status: Part-Time, averaging 10-15hrs a week

 Salary: $15/hour

 Required: QuickBooks, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); Internet savvy; Understanding of non-profit accounting with restricted funds. Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation. Detailed orientation with an eye to timeliness and accuracy. Candidate should have good communications skills and be comfortable negotiating terms of contracts with vendors or federal agencies, if needed.
Preferred: Bachelor’s in accounting or finance. Previous experience working with a non-profit organization.
Desired: Experience working with grants and community based projects.

 To Apply

Kindly send a resume and cover letter by email to by February 28th. No calls please.



Organizational News October 2012

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Communications Intern

>>click here for full description


Solar Oregon serves as a connector and source of information for Oregon’s solar community. This internship will focus on strengthening partnerships for cross marketing purposes, spreading the word on the work that we do, and informing our community of local solar news.  The Intern will comb news sources for existing stories relevant to Solar Oregon’s mission and post on the website with references sent to our e-newsletter & social networks.  In addition, the Intern will promote Solar Oregon events & activities by developing relations with media sources around the state, drafting press releases when necessary. This position requires strong social media skills such as consistent and frequent updates on the Solar Oregon Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts. Some Adobe Photoshop skills are required.



Imogen Taylor Programs Manager,

No phone calls please

Apply by November 1, 2012



Organizational News July 2011

Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator 

This position is no longer open

Please submit all requested documents to Imogen Taylor, Programs Manager, by July 30th, 2011


News Management and Media Intern

This position is no longer open

Please submit resume and cover letter to Imogen Taylor, Programs Manager, by July 30th, 2011



Organizational News June 2011

A Familiar Face Takes the Reins




If you have attended a Solar Oregon event in the last couple of years you have most likely met Claire Carlson. Starting as an intern in 2009, Claire has worked her way up through the Solar Oregon ranks as the Education Coordinator, Program Manager, and now as the new Executive Director, replacing Markus Stoffel who has moved on to the financial planning sector.
In her time at Solar Oregon, Claire has worked to expand Solar Oregon's statewide reach by building partnerships with municipalities, educational institutions, and other nonprofits. She has contributed many hours and many miles to Oregon's recent solar successes including the Solarize Pendleton effort, Solar Now! University, and dozens of workshops in every corner of the state.
"I am very lucky to be a part of Oregon's solar community and a member of an organization that has been educating and advocating for Oregon's most abundant renewable resource for over 30 years. Solar energy plays an important part in our state's energy future and I look forward to helping the voice of all Oregonians who support solar energy be heard."
You can reach Claire at: 503-231-5662


Organizational News February 2011

Want to make a difference in Oregon's energy future?


Join Our Team


>>click here to view and download 

Programs Assistant job description


Please submit resume and letter of interest to by March 7th, 2011






Organizational News January 2011

Do you have a passion for solar energy? Serve your state by joining Solar Oregon's Board of Directors!


SO Collage


Solar Oregon is now accepting applications from qualified individuals to serve on our board of directors. Solar Oregon strives to help all Oregonians achieve a clean energy future by providing public education and community outreach on solar energy as a part of an overall energy conservation and reduction goal. If you would like to put your passion and experience to work or if you know of someone who would be a good candidate please download the Board Application document below for complete information and instructions on the process.

 >>click here to download the Board Member Application

 >>click here to download the Board Member Core Competency form

 >>click here to view current Solar Oregon board members and staff

Applications and all necessary documents are due by February 8, 2011 and new members will be notified after our March board meeting.


Organizational News June 2010

The 3rd Annual Goal Net Zero Home Tour

The third annual Goal Net Zero Home Tour was greeted with blue skies and pleasant sunshine. Over 60 attendees filed into the Sunnyside Environmental School for comprehensive workshops on Building Science, and introductions on the Passive House concept and Energy Use Index. During the breaks, participants got a chance to check out the monitoring kiosk of the schools educational solar electric system. Lunch was consumed in the beautifully landscaped front yard of the school in the presence of the school’s freely wandering chickens.

>>Click Here for complete story and pictures


Organizational News May 2010


2010 Volunteer Appreciation Cake


Solar Oregon Appreciates their Volunteers!


National Volunteer Appreciation Week is an annual event that is held each year in mid-late April.

This signature event of Points of Light Institute, celebrates ordinary people doing extraordinary things to improve communities across the nation. National Volunteer Week 2010 was an opportunity to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act and Solar Oregon participated in this event by celebrating the work of the volunteers at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub on Hawthorne Boulevard on April 17th. This event was to not only to give our thanks to the volunteers but also to get to know them better.


Solar Oregon would not be as successful as it is without the help of our volunteers. Whether they assist in the office, curriculum committees, or tabling events; the volunteers really make Solar Oregon's presence known throughout the state. This presence was especially noticed at the Better Living Show, and the success of this event caught the eye of the coordinators of the NW Solar Expo.


 The mission of the NW Solar Expo is to educate renewable energy professionals as well as business owners and residential customers interested in clean energy solutions. This year's event was held Friday, April 30th - Sunday, May 2nd at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. The coordinators of this event saw the great impact the Solar Oregon volunteers had at the better living show, and they were motivated enough to contact Solar Oregon and asked if some of our volunteers would be interested in assisting at the NW Solar Expo.


So not only did we have a booth presence at the NW Solar Expo but we also had volunteers, wearing our bright yellow Solar Oregon aprons, passing out bags of information to guests of the expo, as well as providing directional information. We are proud of our volunteers and their continued efforts of encouraging Oregonians to choose solar energy.

Thank you!



Organizational News April 2010

Better Living Show group

Thank You to Our Volunteers at the "Better Living Show"!

Solar Oregon had the opportunity to sponsor the Clean Energy Pavilion at this year's Better Living Show, which took place at the Portland Expo Center (March 26 - 28).  One of the volunteer responsibilities included assisting folks entering the Pavilion area.  Volunteers wearing bright yellow Solar Oregon aprons (see picture) answered basic questions and directed them to renewable energy resources.  It was a success thanks to our 50+ committed volunteers!

We partnered with Energy Trust to help promote the "Good Energy" house, an exhibit of a green home.  Solar Oregon provided Solar Ambassadors (members who have solar installed on their residence) who served as a resource at the solar station answering basic questions about solar, as well as, sharing their story of their own installation. We also had volunteers act as "House Runners", who escorted folks from the Good Energy House to vendors to assist their specific needs.

This event could not have been as successful as it was without the help of the volunteers, staff and board members who took time out of their weekend to help promote solar energy use!  We are very proud of those who came out, to show our thanks to those volunteers we are hosting a Solar Oregon Volunteer Appreciation event at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub on April 17th! I hope to see all those invited out there!

Organizational News March 2010

Solar Oregon needs your help

Since 1979 members of Solar Oregon (formerly SEAO, Solar Energy Association of Oregon) have supported our organization through ebbs and flows in the solar industry. Recent developments like higher tax credits (Federal) and reduced costs of photovoltaics, combined with bulk purchasing efforts, have created a flood of interest in solar installations. Solar Oregon, in partnership with Energy Trust, the City of Portland and others, is responding to cities throughout Oregon who want to get on the clean energy bandwagon.

To better serve communities across Oregon, we are working hard to launch a new website by the end of March. We are also launching a job connector and expanding our network of Solar Ambassadors, Solar Professionals, Solar Stars, etc. As the network grows, the value to the community grows.

Solar Oregon needs your membership support. Help us put on more quality workshops, educate young and old, and support solar energy efforts in communities of all sizes in Oregon. Membership starts at $5 per month with options for individuals, families, businesses, professionals, etc. For more information please visit, or call Karrie Hamilton, Volunteer and Membership Coordinator at our office at 503-231-5662.

Thank you for your support!

Markus Stoffel, Executive Director
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