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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Homegrown, Oregon-produced fruits and vegetables are unparalleled in quality and they’re part of the foundation of the Oregon economy. It’s that same “grown in Oregon” value that is expressed in Gov. John Kitzhaber’s 10-Year Energy Action Plan recently published in draft for public comment. This plan takes a commonsense approach to charting the state’s energy future and its impact on Oregon’s economy, environment and quality of life.
LORANE, Ore. -- The production has just powered up at the King Estate Winery. Four acres of solar panels have been "planted" on the 1,033-acre certified organic farm 20 miles southwest of Eugene, Ore. A stone's throw from rows of green-leafed winegrapes are rows of silver solar panels. The recently constructed system features 4,144 panels that will annually produce 1.2 million to 1.3 million kilowatts.
Students in Clackamas County are seeing the light, thanks to the new Youth Energy Education program implemented this past school year. The team-oriented, 13-hour classroom curriculum is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in engineering, math, science, and technology. It includes student-led projects such as measuring household energy use, designing and building solar cars and batteries, and testing insulation materials.
Representatives from Renewable Northwest Project, Oregonians for Renewable Energy Policy, Oregon Solar Energy Industry Association, and Solar Oregon joined Environment Oregon and Rep. Bailey for the report’s release, and echoed their support for a strong solar agenda.
This summer, there are more ways than one to take advantage of the area’s sunny weather. Now through the end of August, local residents have the opportunity to explore their options when it comes to solar energy via the recently extended Solarize West Linn-Lake Oswego campaign.
Solar power advocates issued a rallying cry Monday with the release of a report by citizen-based nonprofit Environment Oregon, which found that rooftop solar could generate 10 percent of Oregon’s electricity use by 2025.