Message from the Executive Director
Oregon has a well-earned reputation of being a leader in energy efficiency and conservation and in protecting our precious resources. Since the bottle bill was first introduced in Oregon back in 1971, we’ve been showing the way. Solar Oregon, a chapter of the American Solar Energy Society, is also a leader, and for the past thirty-four years we’ve been leading the way to a clean energy future.
Now, it is time to add to our history.
It is time to move the dial on our energy policies. We must transform our energy mix and help renewables find their rightful place at the energy table. Using clean and renewable solar energy as a major power source just makes sense for Oregonians. Grid or off-grid, urban or rural, rooftop or solar fields, it is in our Northwest DNA.
I ask you …
Why should we be obliging to energy resources that are imported to our state? Why should we continue to use fossil fuels when renewables are available and abundant?
Well, it used to be about cost, but that is about to end.
Solar power is quickly becoming cost competitive in many regions of the country and Oregon is no different. Solar hard costs have been dropping rapidly for years, and now Solar Oregon will be working to lower costs and increase residential PV through more standard permitting, zoning, and interconnection. In short, we’ll be working hard to reduce the soft cost barriers to solar rooftop proliferation in Oregon.
We just received a grant through DOE Sunshot’s Rooftop Solar Challenge II and have joined forces with others in the newly-formed Northwest Solar Communities to accomplish this goal. We’re also partnering with groups like Environment Oregon, Renewable Northwest Project, Oregonians for Renewable Energy Progress and others, to push a renewable energy policy agenda forward to our policy makers. We believe it is in our member’s, and our community’s, best interest to do so.
If you agree, then I ask that you Join Solar Oregon today and help us move the dial.
At the heart of Solar Oregon is a network of friends, business and institutions who are connected by a common link – the desire to reduce our energy footprint and harvest energy from the sun. By joining, you will become part of a larger community that shares a vision for Oregon’s clean energy future.
Solar Oregon is directly involved in many of the things you care about, like solarizing our communities, bringing renewable energy education into the classroom, and advocating for policies that move us forward in realizing our renewable energy future.
2014 will be an exciting year for Solar Oregon and I want you to be part of it. I urge you to join online today. For joining during this 35th anniversary membership offer period, at the special rate of $35 for an individual or family, you will also receive a free DVD of the feature documentary film “Deep Green.” Everyone should see this movie!
As we prepare to bid farewell to 2013, I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to all our 2013 members and volunteers for your enthusiastic and dedicated support. You are the life-blood of our organization and I am proud to be associated.
Happy Holidays to you and your family.
Executive Director, Solar Oregon