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Solar Oregon Annual Meeting

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When Nov 06, 2010
from 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where 121 SW Salmon St. Portland, OR 97204
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Annual Party

Join us to Celebrate Solar Oregon's 31st Year!

This is when solar oregon staff and board, give thanks to those who have contributed time, energy, money and love to the cause.


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This event will have limited seating for the presentations so make sure you come early for a seat.


Who should come:

Members, volunteers, anyone who is solar curious! Have you been thinking about solar for your home? Come meet and talk with Solar Ambassadors, Solar Professionals, Staff, and others from the solar community.

This year's special topic: Electric Vehicles

Are you considering the purchase of an electric vehicle (EV)?

Find information you need to get plug-in ready at the Solar Oregon Annual Meeting!

Here’s some fuel for thought: If you drive 12,000 miles a year, charging an electric vehicle will cost you about $300 a year — or less than $1 a day — compared to $1,080 or more in fuel costs for a gasoline-powered car.

With savings like that, it’s no wonder that interest in electric vehicles is growing. Our area is poised to become a hot spot for the new EV's that are coming to market, and PGE is helping lead the charge. Oregon has been selected as part of “The EV Project,” funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, which will help bring electric vehicles and charging stations to homes, businesses and cities in five states.

If you are interested in buying an EV for the financial and environmental benefits, join us November 6th for a discussion and a chance to poke your head into some electric vehicles.


12-2pm - More than eight cars available for viewing, rides and charging!

2-4pm - Presentation and discussions

4pm - Solar Oregon Business Meeting


Speakers and Topics:

Rick Durst, E-Manager Energy Information Services, Portland General Electric
Rick Durst has 19 years in the electric utility industry plus 10 years as an electrician in the U.S. Nuclear Submarine Service. He has lead PGE’s Energy Information Services program for the last 7 years and also manages PGE’s Demand BuyBack, Plug in Vehicle and Web-based Power Quality Monitoring programs. Rick also serves as a board member for the Oregon Association of Professional Energy Managers. Rick has been an electric vehicle owner for nearly 10 years. 
Title of presentation:
Electric vehicles: PGE’s perspective
The imminent rise of electric vehicles will have an impact on the electric grid and the utilities that supply our electricity. PGE will present the utility perspective of the impact and opportunities that will come with electric vehicles.
Topics Include:

  • How electric vehicles will affect electricity demand, both on-site at charging stations and across PGE’s entire network.
  • How PGE’s electricity supply mix might evolve to meet the increasing demand.
  • How electric vehicle batteries might be used as storage within the electric grid.
  • Opportunities and challenges with adding photovoltaic capacity to help meet increased EV demand.


Bob Simpson
Raised in Albany Oregon and graduated from West Albany HS in 1975.   In 1977, upon completion of my 2 year Associate degree in electronics at Linn Benton Community College, I was hired by Tektronix Inc and have worked there ever since.  I took a break in the late 1980’s to obtain my BSEE degree from Oregon State University.  Having graduated in 1990, I continued my employment with Tektronix from then until present as Hardware design engineer.

Title of Presentation: Driving to Net Zero with full performance

Presentation Includes:
Reducing fossil fuel use in the automobile industry is limited by tedious and costly incremental improvements.  
My project is demonstrating the ability to eliminate fuel use without sacrificing form or function.  In fact, there are many other side benefits that make the conversion even more dramatic.   This converted BMW sports cart is just the beginning.

  • Proof that it can be done, even solo. 
  • Benefits from electric drive go beyond elimination of consumables
  • Associate a persons driving commute with home solar array
  • Net zero energy for daily driving is achievable, even in Oregon!


Jean Murray, Solar Oregon Board Member
Jean Murray received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering (minor in policy from the Humphrey
Institute for Public Affairs) at the University of Minnesota where she performed experiments using
the 8 kW solar furnace to demonstrate the feasibility of several processes to produce hydrogen: direct water splitting, the dissociation of hydrogen sulfide and the gasification of biomass with water to produce a pipeline-quality fuel (syngas). She was appointed in 1997 by the Department of Energy to represent the US to the IEA (International Energy Agency) in SolarPACES (Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems) Task II; (solar chemistry), a position she held for 5 years.
Jean taught at PSU for eight years before moving first to Colorado School of Mines to conduct experiments at NREL and then to France to work with the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) at the 1 MW solar furnace facility in Odeillo, France from 2000-2009. In France, as Director of Research, she was able to demonstrate the feasibility of using high-temperature solar energy to produce solar-grade silicon, and to produce primary aluminum from its ore. Jean also spent a year at the Paul Scherrer Institute, a Swiss Federal Lab near Zurich, as a visiting scientist.

Presentation Includes:

  • When solar energy is concentrated to reach high temperatures the efficiency at which it can be used can reach 80-90%.
  • When this energy is used to produce a fuel, the solar energy can be converted at high efficiency AND is stored in the fuel that is produced.
  • Solar fuels can be a means of transporting energy from extremely sunny areas (generally not heavily inhabited) to more industrialized and less sunny areas.
  • Concentrated solar energy, when used as the heat source in many classic and well-understood processes, can be considered as a way of “upgrading” our familiar hydrocarbon fuels while reducing CO2 emissions to zero (when biomass-derived carbon is the starting feedstock) or by about a third in other cases.


JD Howell, ECOtality N.A.
JD Howell spent over ten years in Utility & Gear Company power quality monitoring and Industrial Surge Protection equipment sales.  Prior to joining ECOtality in July of this year, he spent two-and-a-half years in the Solar Power Industry.  JD is currently the Oregon Area Sales Specialist whose task it is to locate and evaluate, proposed locations for Electric Vehicle Support Equipment, i.e., EV Charging Infrastructure.  JD is here to provide a limited introduction to The EV Project as it relates to members of Oregon’s present and future EV community. 

Presentations includes:

  • Relevant examples of  mass production EVs coming to market
  • Types of existing and soon-to-exist charging infrastructure
  • Explanation of DOE public/private partnership Data Study
  • Explanation of Oregon deployment within The EV Project



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