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.
Elementary School Pilot Program Introduces Science and Engineering Design Concepts through Renewable Energy Lessons
Fairmount Elementary and Albany Options School will receive covered parking areas this summer as the Albany school district expands its solar panel partnership with EnergyWise. The Eugene company is installing solar panels on the roofs of 15 district sites and paying the district annually for the privilege. Owner Peter Greenberg wanted to add Fairmount and AOS, but neither has a roof that would work for the type of panel the company wants to install. The Albany school board voted unanimously Monday to allow EnergyWise to build two panel-topped carports at the north end of Fairmount’s lot, a 65-kilowatt system. Fairmount is at 1005 Spring Hill Drive in North Albany.
A new product from Puralytics is making waves in the clean water industry: SolarBag, a water purification system that uses sunlight-activated nanotechnology to produce three liters of pure drinking water in three to six hours of exposure.
Powin Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Powin Corporation (OTC QB: PWON), announced today it has entered a strategic partnership with the Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech) to provide battery testing equipment to Oregon Tech’s Wilsonville Campus, for use by students and faculty of the Renewable Energy Engineering program. The company will also initiate a student internship program with Oregon Tech.
The Oregon State University - Cascades campus in Bend will welcome 20 transfer students in the fall, all of them headed to a one-year-old program designed to train the next generation of energy systems engineers.
Investment opportunities with good returns are hard to find these days. Buzz Thielemann of RHT Energy Solutions suggests Rogue Valley residents and businesses look to their roofs.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program selected 17 Oregon energy projects that will share $172,000 in funding as part of the Rural Energy for America Program authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill.