News updates from Solar Oregon
Forty-four-year-old Corvallis resident Jonathan Carroll is living the low-impact lifestyle. His south-facing home has solar panels for generating electricity, a solar hot water system and a raised bed garden.
In the last few years, energy producers and conservation groups have eyed big, flat roofs as fertile ground to produce energy, or improve the local environment. Sailor has a three-year federal grant to look questions like what makes the most efficient mix of roof colors. Portland city officials aren’t waiting for that. They’re developing a tax credit that might be worth up to $2,500 for combined green-and-black roofs.
The 2010 NW Solar Expo will offer workshops, exhibitors, and seminars to homeowners and business owners interested in clean energy solutions for their homes and buildings. Come learn more about the Feed in Tariff, learn the basics of going solar, financing your solar project, an overview of community solar programs, navigating incentives and tax credits and much more. Over 80 vendors displaying solar products and services will be on hand to discuss solutions and details about solar projects.
Facilities manager Bill George was the main force behind La Salle Catholic College Preparatory’s solar panels, the latest project of its kind to hit Portland area schools. The black, thin-film panels could save the school about $10,000 to $15,000 in energy costs when the school purchases the system.
Volunteer Orientation is required for all new volunteers. Once you submit an application you need to attend an orientation before you start volunteering for events.