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.
LAKEVIEW — What now looks like a futurist drive-in movie theater will, in coming months, be transformed into Oregon’s largest solar farm.
Solamor Event Services partnered with SolarWorld on its latest creation for special event clean energy solutions.
Gov. John Kitzhaber, D-Ore., has released a draft 10-year energy action plan, which is designed to align the state's economic objectives with its efficiency, renewable energy, transportation and carbon-reduction goals. The draft plan will be open for a 60-day public review and comment period. The plan presents specific initiatives to be implemented over the short and long terms, focused on energy efficiency, clean energy infrastructure development and transportation improvements that rely on cleaner-burning fuels and more efficient vehicles.
An array of solar panels installed at Oregon Institute of Technology will provide power for the school and save it an estimated $3.3 million in energy costs over the next 25 years.
"Silicon Valley-based SoloPower, which snagged a federal loan guarantee to expand its solar thin film manufacturing, plans to start mass production at its new factory in Oregon next quarter, said the company’s CEO, Tim Harris. The company is installing equipment at the new factory in Portland and bringing the machines online to roll out its solar panels, which contain a thin layer of solar cells made with copper, indium, gallium and selenium (CIGS). SoloPower announced several new products on Wednesday – as well as kits to install them – that it designed to fit on commercial and industrial buildings."
Two “solar trees” have sprung up in the courtyard in front of Gresham City Hall, and the striking, 18-foot-tall structures are meant to draw attention to the city’s larger sustainability efforts. “The product provides a really unique image of solar power,” said Andy Noel, director of utility business development for REC Solar, which led design and installation of the projects.
Solar Mosaic, a startup that’s aiming to be the “Kickstarter for solar projects,” has been awarded a $2 million grant from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Sunshot Initiative.