News updates from Solar Oregon
If federal incentive programs are extended through 2012, just over 14,500 new solar jobs could be created in Oregon by 2016, according to a report out Thursday from the Solar Energy Industry Association
USA Today: The 2,900 square foot home, chosen as "This Week's Green House," uses other recycled materials, such as stainless steel with a shimmery patina for a kitchen countertop. Its greenest feature may be its 27 rooftop solar panels which provide all its power. Since the house, on 27 acres, was so far from public utilities, Smith decided to go off-grid. The 5.1 kilowatt system cost $54,00 before tax credits and about $24,000 after them.
News: Eugene (KMTR)- On the surface, it's 32 new solar panels to provide hot water for the residents of 60-year-old low-income apartments. But St. Vincent De Paul Executive Director Terry McDonald believes it's much, much more.
News: A new solar company could be coming to the metro area. Solexant has requested a $25 million loan from the Oregon Department of Energy’s state Energy Loan Program to finance a thin-film solar plant in the Gresham or Wilsonville area. The plant would eventually have the capacity the produce 400 megawatts of thin-film solar cells each year.
The first Eastern Oregon Solar Fair in La Grande is a partnership of Oregon Rural Action, the Union County Renewable Energy Committee, Solar Oregon, Energy Trust of Oregon and our business sponsors. The fair series of events designed for folks in Eastern Oregon to learn more about using solar systems in their homes and businesses through professional workshops, interactions with vendors, and meeting local folks who use solar systems.