The City of Happy Valley, OR, a fast-growing suburb of Portland, was recently awarded a grant from Northwest Solar Communities to increase solar photovoltaic installations among homeowners. With grant funds, the City launched the HV Solar Home Program (HV Solar), an educational campaign with special solar installation opportunities. HV Solar is hinged on partnerships with local solar installers.
It’s been a few short weeks, since this year’s Solar Now! University and I want to thank the many partners, staff members, and sponsors who helped make this event a success. With a conference theme of ‘sprinting ahead,’ this convening of renewable energy leaders provided an opportunity to reflect on the many examples of progress we’ve made, in addition to pointing us towards where future efforts for solar in the Pacific Northwest are headed.
Solar Oregon will host four Basics of Going Solar Workshops in Washington County this fall. These free workshops will be held in Beaverton on October 13th, Hillsboro on October 20th, Cedar Mill on October 25th, and Sherwood on November 4th. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of why solar is a smart choice for Oregon homeowners.
Standing in a lab surrounded by oxygen chambers and beakers, you can understand why Carolyn Virca’s research may unlock the key to solving renewable energy storage issues and transmission gridlock. Carolyn first heard about water splitting as an undergraduate student, and since then has been interested in chemistry and its applications in solar energy conversion.
Environment America’s recently released report, “Shining Rewards: The Value of Rooftop Solar for Consumers and Society,” considers the costs and benefits of rooftop solar systems.
Next week, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee will decide whether to support continued American solar industry growth. Senator Wyden’s leadership as the ranking member on the Finance Committee gives him a key role in continuing our national commitment to solar energy. Sen. Wyden could introduce an amendment to include solar in the tax extenders bill. Please call Sen. Wyden at (202) 224-5244 or email and voice your support for solar.
In their rush to put together a transportation package in the waning days of the session, the legislature is proposing re-directing $14.8 million away from efficiency in schools and investments in small-scale renewable energy projects like solar and geothermal
Join us for the 17th annual SolWest Fair June 26-28 at the Union County Fairgrounds in beautiful La Grande. Presented by our community partner in Eastern Oregon, Oregon Rural Action, SolWest is opportunity to learn about energy efficiency, solar and wind energy, alternatively fueled vehicles, local food and more.
Solar Oregon is excited to announce the recipients of three $10,000 mini-grants to non-profits and local governments in Oregon to increase the deployment of rooftop solar. The three Oregon solar projects that were awarded the grants are in the communities of Bend, Eugene, and Happy Valley.
In SW Portland, the Hillsdale Solar Coalition offers discounts on group solar energy home installations and passes the savings along to local schools.
The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Lisa Logie as the new Executive Director of Solar Oregon. Ms. Logie brings over 25 years of experience working for regional and statewide associations in energy and transportation.
The Oregon Legislature is currently considering House Bill 2447, which would extend the Residential Energy Tax Credit, which is due to expire in 2018, to the year 2022. Contact your local legislators and encourage them to support HB 2447!
The Solar Ready Toolkit is a set of templates and information to support jurisdictions, utilities, and installers in lowering solar soft costs.
In Corvallis, local partnerships are working to reduce the upfront price of solar through community wealth-sharing.
It just got easier to explore whether solar panels make sense for your home or business. Energy Trust of Oregon is sponsoring Mapdwell Solar System, an online solar mapping tool that helps homeowners and businesses in select cities in Washington County estimate the solar potential of their rooftops.
This summer Solar Oregon's Board President, Doug Boleyn, traveled to California to attend the Intersolar and American Solar Energy Society Conference. Read his thoughts of the conference and the developments in the solar industry.