News updates from Solar Oregon
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.
Bend’s Habitat for Humanity dedicated its 84th home May 8 to celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary. The home, which was dedicated to Melissa Evans and her two daughters, was built with a solar energy system and is one of 12 homes constructed by the organization to have this feature. The home was built in Bend Habitat’s new community, Parkway Village, on Empire Boulevard and Boyd Acres Road.
Prompted by a February pledge to create a solar program for Beaverton residents, Mayor Denny Doyle this week will announce a partnership with a California business to offer discounted solar systems to about 50 homes, marking the first major initiative for the city's new sustainability program.
The Passive House concept is being actively implemented in Portland. The method’s popularity among builders and architects is rising as the industry seeks to accomplish ambitious goals to cut energy use.