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.