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July 27, 2017

Clean Energy Incentives Left Behind by the Legislature

Oregon has always been seen as a leader in clean energy. Before “climate change” or even “clean energy” were commonplace terms, Oregon was helping individuals make clean energy investments. In the late 1970s, the legislature created the Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC) to provide incentives to Oregonians to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy. […]

June 30, 2017

ACTION ALERT: Contact Your Legislators to Support a New Residential Solar Incentive

ACTION ALERT: Still Time to Contact Your Legislators to Support a New Residential Solar Incentive! CALL TO ACTION! UPDATE, 6/30/2017: Thank you to everyone who has called or sent an e-mail to your legislators. It’s making a difference! If you haven’t had a chance to contact your legislator, there’s still time. The original action alert […]

May 31, 2017

Policy Update: Legislative and PUC Happenings

  Legislature: With a little more than a month to go in Oregon’s 2017 legislative session, it’s budget writing time in Oregon’s State Capitol. The legislature’s first job, above all others, is to pass a balanced state budget for the next two years. That’s a daunting challenge due to this year’s $1.4 billion difference in […]

April 27, 2017

Rooftop to Blacktop ™

By Laurel Hamilton — Solar PV systems and electric cars go together like PB&J. Pair the two and you can both power that hot tub you’ve been feeling guilty about AND your daily trips around town completely with clean energy from the sun! Installing solar panels on your roof to power your electric vehicle (EV) […]

LOBBY DAY TO EXTEND OREGON’S SOLAR INCENTIVES

  Solar advocates from around the state converged at the State Capitol on April 17, 2017 to advocate for a six-year extension of the Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC) and property tax exemption for on-site solar. The solar incentives were created in 1977 and 1975, respectively, to promote home energy savings and encourage the alternative […]

March 30, 2017

Oregon Solar Plan Outlines 10-year Solar Blueprint

Earlier this month the Oregon Solar Plan was released by Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association and Green Energy Institute.  The plan provides a long-term vision for solar in Oregon. It outlines the bold goal to achieve 10% of Oregon’s electricity mix from solar by 2027, that’s enough solar to power over 500,000 homes across Oregon.  This plan […]

New 1.02MW Solar Installation in Portland City Limits

In mid-March, Imagine Energy at last completed one of the largest solar installations Portland has yet seen: 1.02 MW on the Montgomery Park commercial complex. The 1920 building, formerly a Montgomery Ward mail-order catalog warehouse, was acquired in the 1980’s and fully renovated into what is now the second largest office building in Oregon. Since […]

January 31, 2017

Solar to Go – Powering a Home Office Away from Home

More companies are encouraging their employees to work from home a day a week or more to increase staff productivity, save space, and improve work-life balance (we hope), which leads to additional electric power usage at the house during the day. Hence, telecommuting is another argument for installing solar which allows you to take advantage […]

December 15, 2016

Top Ten Things You Can Do To Support Solar Oregon

Essentials Become a member. Annual membership dues range from $20-$60 a year. Truly committed may consider a Lifetime membership. Volunteer. There are frequently opportunities where help is needed. Your help. Engage others. Interact with the community and talk about the benefits of solar energy. Encourage others to consider investment in solar technology, and to join […]

Community Solar: An Exciting Next Step for Solar in Oregon

Community solar is a phrase that has been popping up in lots of places around the country. Essentially, community solar allows consumers who can’t put solar on their roof for some reason (too much shade, they rent, local homeowner associations are too restrictive) to buy into a larger system and see the energy benefits on […]