News updates from Solar Oregon
Oregon’s commercial solar business took off after state Legislators in 2007 increased the value of the state’s Business Energy Tax Credit from up to 35 percent of the cost of a renewable energy project to 50 percent. But faced with a crippling deficit, Legislators this year were forced to cut from non revenue-generating programs. The BETC program, which made available $300 million in tax incentives during the two year period that ended June 30, was turned into a grant program with just $3 million to split among all renewable energy technologies.
Chemeketa Community College in Salem is offering a FREE intro course that will prepare students for the NABCEP PV entry level exam.
Heat and solar energy go hand in hand. We've all seen installations that provide solar hot water and solar heating. But if we could come up with a sort of “combined-reversible solar-thermal” system that could provide airconditioning in the summer, heating in the winter, and hot water year-round, the circle would be complete. It's possible, and new solar-concentrating collectors and airconditioning technology are making this type of system technically and economically feasible.
The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) recently announced finalists for this year’s Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Awards, and one of the four finalists in the “growth stage company” category is Grape Solar of Eugene, Oregon. Ocean Yuan, a UO graduate and Eugene resident, is President of Grape Solar and is being recognized for helping revolutionize how solar is sold in the United States. His company is one of the largest solar consortiums in the world, consisting of dozens of Chinese manufacturers involved in the solar energy supply chain, which yields 500MW of manufacturing capacity per year.
The EV Expo will showcase the latest advancements in charging stations and electric vehicles, including cars, vans, bikes, scooters, and motorcycles.