Letter From the President
By Ron "Mac" McDowell
Solar Oregon Board President
With 2011 quickly drawing to a close, I'd like to take this opportunity to express how grateful I am to everyone who supported Solar Oregon this past year. THANK YOU! to those of you who joined as a member, volunteered at an event, or sent a donation in support of our mission. I am thankful I belong to a community that shares the promise of solar energy and one that values sustainability, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and innovation.
Solar Oregon recently celebrated our thirty-second anniversary and no doubt this year will go down in our history as a period of significant challenge and achievement. We are proud of our accomplishments and we remain committed to being a trusted resource to our members, the general public, policymakers, advocacy groups, the media, and our professional partners.
Recently we strengthened our resolve with a newly-developed strategic plan and revised mission and values statement. Our Values - community, optimism, leadership, passion, results, and distributed and scalable solutions - form the core of everything we do at Solar Oregon.
Community: Solar Oregon has developed a community where Oregonians who are interested in solar energy have a voice and feel empowered to be the solution for a clean energy future. We provide a forum for sharing local perspectives, knowledge, and experience.
Optimism: Solar Oregon believes that a clean energy future is possible, and that solar will move us to a clean energy future.
Leadership: Solar Oregon leads the way for a clean energy future by demonstrating the successful use of solar energy. Through our Solar Ambassadors, community organizers, and our members, we inspire people to share their practical experience. Solar Oregon provides leadership through our depth of knowledge and connections across Oregon.
Passion: Solar Oregon loves what we do! We are a mission-oriented organization motivated by the meaningful work we do. At Solar Oregon, you will find a workplace surrounded by people who share their passion and values, motivated by the idea that there is always something new on the solar horizon.
I've lived and worked in Oregon about half of my life and raised my family here. I feel at peace in a place that is so green and beautiful and I'd like to keep it that way for generations to come. I feel we all have this responsibility and it is one of the main reasons I am an avid supporter of renewable energy. To my way of thinking it is a no-brainer to reduce fossil fuel consumption by utilizing a different technology to energize our homes. Solar makes that all possible.
From all of us here at Solar Oregon, I wish you the merriest of holiday seasons and a happy new year. I hope to see you in 2012!
~ Ron "Mac" McDowell