A solar panel project organized by Oregon Coast Community Action is cutting energy costs and bringing a cash infusion to the local economy. The $1.24 million project, funded by a U.S. Department of Energy Sustainable Energy. Resources for Consumers Program grant, began in October and is on schedule to wrap up installations at Coos County locations by the end of February. An additional $250,000 in incentive dollars from the Energy Trust of Oregon helped pay for the project.
Governor John Kitzhaber has corralled a group of top thinkers in energy and conservation to draft a 10-year plan for Oregon’s energy future. The move likely promises new gains in energy efficiency, a road map to cutting greenhouse gas emissions and streamlined siting requirements for new renewable energy projects. It also looks to promote strong central management of climate and energy goals at the state, a unique approach in Oregon government that will likely consolidate its current approach to energy management.
A small Oregon company with roots in Eugene, Sequential Biofuels has expanded with the opening of its second company-owned station on 18th and Chambers in Eugene, near the Albertsons grocery store and Eugene Coffee Company. While Sequential has special pumps and product out for sale at other gasoline stations and sites across Oregon, the company only has two stations now that it owns itself.
PORTLAND - Volunteers are changing the mindset of hundreds of homeowners about the value going solar in Northeast Portland neighborhoods. The Solarize Northeast Project is the leader in Oregon when it comes to giving solar power to the people, with even bigger goals this year.
A Keizer church is set to benefit from a program installing free solar panels on rooftops in exchange for a portion of the energy produced. Keizer Christian Church on Wheatland Road is adding to its southern-facing roof. The program the church has joined allows the panels to be installed at no up-front cost to the church.
The Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods just launched its second Solarize project. The group expects to recruit 2,000 homeowners and convince 400 to 500 of them to add photovoltaic solar panels on their homes.
A key program that funds energy diversification and efficiency in Oregon’s rural areas has seen it’s funding slashed for the upcoming year. The Rural Energy for America Program, commonly called REAP, funded anaerobic digesters for the first time last year, as well as small-scale hydropower projects. But the program, which receives much of its funding from the federal Farm Bill, will see a reduction of about two thirds of its funding levels following deep cuts at the federal level.
St. Vincent de Paul Parish has moved an eco-step ahead of many other churches in the area — and it's paying off. The northeast Salem church installed solar panels to its roof in November, and church officials said the savings for the parish have been powerful.