Solar Ambassador Description
Just like their solar energy systems, Solar Ambassadors come in all shapes and sizes. From Medford to Molalla and Bend to Beaverton what these people all have in common is that they are participating members of Solar Oregon who have a solar electric or hot water system on their residence and they want others to follow.
As early adopters, these folks are often the best spokespersons for solar energy and their goal is simple – to help others bring solar power into their lives. The Solar Ambassador’s role is to connect with others and they are expected to …
• Inspire people with their enthusiasm for solar
• Share their reasons for going solar
• Describe what it’s like to live with solar
Solar Ambassadors have already made an impact. Many have volunteered to staff public events such as the ETO Better Living Show (Portland), Eastern Oregon Solar Fair (La Grande), Oregon Green Expo (Medford) and NW Solar Expo (Portland). They’ve also volunteered at Earth Day events, Goal Net Zero Tour, civic functions, and some have presented the “Basics of Going Solar” at scheduled workshops. As advocates for solar power in their own communities, some Solar Ambassadors have volunteered as project leaders on local community Solarize projects in Portland and Pendelton.
Solar Ambassador Ron "Mac" McDowell and Executive Director Markus Stoffel
Having Solar Ambassadors on site at these events is invaluable because they share their solar experiences with others. Ambassadors fill in some of the information gaps that data sheets and promotional materials just can’t provide – all with their own personal stories. This resonates well with those who are seeking to go solar.
Based upon the success of this program, we’ve decided to create a more robust position within Solar Oregon called the “Master Ambassador” program. The details are still being sorted out, but this will be an expanded and enhanced role that will further the work we do in bringing solar energy to Oregon.
[*Basics is an one-hour introduction to Solar Hot Water, Solar Pool Heating, and Solar Photovoltaic energy.]