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Help the City celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 24. We'll have a recycling event, live entertainment, food, crafts, plants for sale, and much more green fun. Join us!
This workshop covers the basics of why solar is a smart choice for Oregon businesses. Current financial incentives may cover up to 90% (or more) of the cost. We will show how well solar works in Oregon's climate, identify available solar technologies and financial incentives, and discuss how to go about choosing a contractor. Participants will come away with basic knowledge about solar energy systems and will be prepared to do more focused research on their own, or start working with a contractor right away.
"My kids are grown, and I never thought I'd buy another home, but I'm doing it to get a solar, eco-friendly home," Barasa says. It's an affordable housing project of the Rogue Valley Community Development Corporation, helping low-income renters get into low-interest mortgages backed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development — something owners can do by performing 70 percent of the home-building work, about 1,500 hours.
Above Southern Oregon University's campus in Ashland lies an eclectic neighborhood that clings to the side of a foothill, serving up awesome views of the southern Cascade Mountains. Fred Gant had been eyeing a parcel in the area for some time. A former builder specializing in solar design, Fred thought the cottage on the lot would be a good rental investment. He purchased the lot in 1999, outfitted the cottage with solar and found his first tenants, all the while searching for the perfect place to build his own home.
Thanks to funding from two sources, four Wallowa County entities will have solar power soon.