News updates from Solar Oregon
Fourteen Oregon wineries claim to be the first in the country to complete a carbon reduction program. The Vineyard growers believe climate change is real and that reducing carbon emissions will lead to temperature stabilization here in Oregon.
ln the summer of 2008, Tad Everhart decided to attend training at the Passive House Institute US in Urbana, Ill., to become certified as a passive-house consultant.
Oregon hopes to replicate Germany’s success with its own feed-in tariff, which would allow a maximum of 25 megawatts of small-scale (500 kilowatt-hours or less) solar photovoltaic projects to be reimbursed by participating utilities for the power they produce.
Three years ago, Ihab Elzeyadi, an associate professor at the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture, got so irritated by how badly green technology was integrated into existing buildings that he decided to do something about it. The result is an awning that generates and saves enough electricity that buildings using it could potentially have zero net energy consumption. The aluminum awning holds photovoltaic cells that convert sunlight into electricity, which is then used throughout the building. A reflective light shelf on the awning redirects daylight into the building, further reducing electricity needs; LED lighting underneath the awning provides nighttime illumination. A prototype was attached to a UO building last summer, and data from it shows the awning could pay for itself after five years. Elzeyadi hopes to commercialize the awning within two years. “This could become the future of bricks and mortars,” he says.
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