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"OSU researchers find microwave ovens may be tapped for cheaper solar energy"

"OSU researchers find microwave ovens may be tapped for cheaper solar energy"

Researchers at Oregon State University have figured out how to use microwave heating to process copper zinc tin sulfide, a promising solar cell compound that is less costly and toxic than some solar energy alternatives.

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"Learn more about solar"

"Learn more about solar"

The Environmental Center in Bend is hosting a series of informational workshops throughout the region in the next six weeks to offer homeowners more information about using solar energy.

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"Q&A: Solensphere looks to make solar power cheaper and more reliable"

"Q&A: Solensphere looks to make solar power cheaper and more reliable"

Solensphere Renewables has developed a solar concentrator system that intensely focuses sunlight using a reflector fashioned after a telescope. Concentrating sunlight makes more efficient use of expensive solar cells. To learn more about the southern Oregon-based company I talked with founders Corbyn Jahn, COO, and Adam Burwell, CEO, both students of Renewable Energy Engineering at Oregon Tech.

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"Solar panels could conflict with urban trees, says expert at Portland ecology meeting"

"Solar panels could conflict with urban trees, says expert at Portland ecology meeting"

Solar energy, despite its popularity as an environmentally friendly resource, could cost urban areas another renewable resource: trees. At the Ecological Society of America's annual meeting in Portland today, Dan Staley explained the potential conflict between urban solar installations and nearby trees.

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"SolarWorld plans $27M in upgrades to Hillsboro factory"

"SolarWorld plans $27M in upgrades to Hillsboro factory"

SolarWorld on Monday said it plans to invest $27 million in its Hillsboro factory with upgrades aimed at improving the performance of its solar panels. The new investment will push SolarWorld's total investment in Oregon past $600 million, and marks the fifth anniversary since the German solar panel-maker turned a vacated semiconductor plant into North America's biggest solar panel manufacturing plant.

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"Charlie Hales vs. Bud Clark and 'solar access' in 1987: Portland City Hall roundup"

"Charlie Hales vs. Bud Clark and 'solar access' in 1987: Portland City Hall roundup"

Periodically, the City Hall Watch blog cranks the way-back machine. Thursday, we're going all the way back to the 1980s when Portland mayoral candidate Charlie Hales was a young lobbyist for the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland and the hot topic at Portland City Hall was something called "solar access."

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Buying solar locally has big benefits for Oregon's economy

Buying solar locally has big benefits for Oregon's economy

SALEM — Governor Kitzhaber and the Oregon Department of Energy announced today the results of a study on how buying solar products and services sourced exclusively from Oregon companies could improve the state’s economy. The Governor and the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Tax Credits commissioned the study.

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"Sunshine Electricity In Lakeview"

LAKEVIEW, Ore. -- Work is nearly done on a project that puts Southern Oregon, especially southeast Oregon on the state map for renewable energy. A big solar power generation facility on the outskirts of Lakeview is the largest solar farm in Oregon so far.

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