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.