News updates from Solar Oregon
SoloPower Inc., which makes thin-film solar cells, won final approval on Friday for a $197 million federal loan guarantee to expand its San Jose headquarters and open two manufacturing facilities in Portland, Ore. Together, the two new facilities in Portland and the expanded one in San Jose will provide 450 permanent jobs, as well as 270 construction jobs, and produce enough solar modules each year to generate 400 megawatts of electricity. A megawatt is a snapshot figure, roughly equal to the amount of electricity used by 750 homes at any given instant.
Participants will visit the Solar Pioneer II site, Ashland’s community solar electricity generating facility, and homes with rainwater harvesting, micro-irrigation, a horticultural greenhouse, solar electric generation, solar hot water, solar space heat, increased energy efficiency, healthier indoor air, and reduced environmental impacts. Learn about current technologies, and financial incentive programs to implement them.
The third annual BRING Home and Garden Tour, co-hosted this year by the City of Eugene and EWEB, is the perfect opportunity to learn about the art of sustainable living. Visit 14 homes and gardens on a self-guided tour.