Event to promote solar energy is coming to Bend
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."