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"Solar panel installation on Hillsboro building is step toward greening of Washington County"

"Solar panel installation on Hillsboro building is step toward greening of Washington County"

HILLSBORO -- Washington County government's first major solar installation is nearing completion, and officials say they are pleased with how the project is working out.

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Where's the solar on public buildings? (or Why the 1603 grant should be important to you)

Where's the solar on public buildings? (or Why the 1603 grant should be important to you)

Many of our most prominent public buildings appear to be excellent sites for solar, and there's no doubt that the agencies and organizations that own these buildings would stand to benefit from a long-term source of power at reasonable cost at least as much as the average homeowner, so why are examples of such installations so few and far between? In short, why aren't the leading institutions in our communities visibly doing more to lead the way towards a sustainable energy future?

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"Harnessing the sun in West Linn"

"Harnessing the sun in West Linn"

Curt Sommer, who holds a master’s degree in geography with a specialization in renewable energy development, said he’s a strong advocate of technology such as solar panels. He had a solar panel system installed on the roof of his home in late October, and it became operational in mid-November after passing city and county inspections.

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"Breakthrough in battery tech could radically change the energy world"

"Breakthrough in battery tech could radically change the energy world"

It is hoped that wind and solar energy will one day become major contributors to a future energy grid that has reduced its reliance upon fossil fuels. But one of the biggest problems facing these sectors is the fact that the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow. To maintain a consistent energy supply to the grid during such periods we would need a method of storing the energy.

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"Energy Trust of OR implementing changes to residential/commercial solar electric incentive programs"

"Energy Trust of OR implementing changes to residential/commercial solar electric incentive programs"

Energy Trust is implementing changes to the residential and commercial solar electric incentive programs, including immediate changes to trade ally active project limits and upcoming changes to incentive levels. Effective immediately, active project limits will be increased in Portland General Electric territory and decreased in Pacific Power territory.

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"Asian solar manufacturers eyeing Oregon as refuge from SolarWorld trade fight with China"

"Asian solar manufacturers eyeing Oregon as refuge from SolarWorld trade fight with China"

SolarWorld’s complaint against China could generate a windfall for Oregon: Asian manufacturers starting solar factories here to gain refuge from a trade war.

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"'Back Scatter Radar' Site To Be Used For Solar Power Installation"

"'Back Scatter Radar' Site To Be Used For Solar Power Installation"

The Oregon Military Department is making a big investment on green energy. The agency is building a million dollar solar instillation east of Christmas Valley. The array is part of the agency’s plan to produce as much energy as it uses. The Back Scatter Radar Site used to consume massive quantities of electricity when the Air Force used it to scan the horizon for incoming targets.

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"'Fool's gold' aids discovery of new options for cheap, benign solar energy"

"'Fool's gold' aids discovery of new options for cheap, benign solar energy"

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Pyrite, better known as "fool's gold," was familiar to the ancient Romans and has fooled prospectors for centuries – but has now helped researchers at Oregon State University discover related compounds that offer new, cheap and promising options for solar energy.

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"Trade war with China over solar technology could cut both ways"

"Trade war with China over solar technology could cut both ways"

An escalating trade war with China over solar technology now seems all but certain. A trade complaint filed last month by SolarWorld Industries Americas claims the Chinese cheat: They're liquidating heavily subsidized inventories of solar panels and cells and flooding the U.S. market. They're selling below cost, undermining U.S. solar producers. For that, Chinese solar products could face tariffs of more than 100 percent. Now reports Wednesday from China say a solar trade group is preparing to ask the government there to undertake its own investigation of U.S. companies that export polysilicon, the raw material for solar cells, to China. They're accusing U.S. companies of essentially the same thing -- dumping product below cost and putting Chinese companies out of business.

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Solar Oregon Participates in MET’s School Energy Fair

Solar Oregon Participates in MET’s School Energy Fair

On November 1st, The Muslim Educational Trust, a K-12 school in Tigard, held its 3rd annual School Energy Fair. The event is an opportunity for staff, students, and the community at large to engage in contemporary challenges in the areas of energy conservation, renewable resources, and efficient usage.

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Has it been 32 years already?

Has it been 32 years already?

Solar Oregon Board President Ron "Mac" McDowell recaps the Community Dinner and 32nd Annual Meeting and Celebration

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"Grape Solar could be key to post-tariff solar supply chain"

"Grape Solar could be key to post-tariff solar supply chain"

Several Chinese solar panel manufacturers, in an attempt to bypass potential U.S. tariffs, are considering shifting production to Taiwan and South Korea as part of a remapped supply chain that could culminate in Eugene. Ocean Yuan, majority owner and CEO of Eugene-based solar panel-maker Grape Solar, on Monday said he’s been in discussions with several unidentified Chinese manufacturers about expanding his operations to include assembly of the South Korea and Taiwan-made solar modules.

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"Solar panels help power Facebook's LEED gold data center in Prineville"

"Solar panels help power Facebook's LEED gold data center in Prineville"

Facebook's new energy-efficient data center in Oregon has received top marks from the U.S. Green Building Council. The data center, located in Prineville, Oregon and designed to be "one of the most energy efficient in the world," has received LEED Gold Certification from the council. The end result is a data center that requires 52 percent less energy to operate than a comparable facility, said the company.

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"Oregon’s Solar Pilot Program: Snapshot of October 2011 Capacity Allocation"

"Oregon’s Solar Pilot Program:  Snapshot of October 2011 Capacity Allocation"

OrOn Oct. 3, the investor-owned utilities began accepting applications for installations under the solar pilot program with several changes from previous capacity allocations. The PUC reduced the volumetric incentive rate (VIR) by 20% from the April 2011 allotment (down to 37.4¢/kWh) and applicants were awarded capacity through a lottery process, rather than first-come, first-served. Additionally, applicants who received allocations of capacity through the lottery were required to pay a $500 non-refundable deposit.

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"EPA recognizes Portland, Oregon with a Green Power Leadership Award"

"EPA recognizes Portland, Oregon with a Green Power Leadership Award"

The City of Portland announced today that it has received a 2011 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual awards recognize the country’s leading green power users for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. EPA presented Portland with the Green Power Community of the Year award at an event held in conjunction with the 2011 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in San Francisco, California, on November 16, 2011.

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"SolarWorld panels pedal Kaiser toward LEED Gold"

"SolarWorld panels pedal Kaiser toward LEED Gold"

Solar panels from SolarWorld are among the sustainable elements that Kaiser hopes will secure Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification for the hospital when it is completed in 2013.

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"500-kilowatt solar facility near Joseph generating power"

"500-kilowatt solar facility near Joseph generating power"

Thursday afternoon Jonathan Monschke and Louis Perry of Enterprise’s Sun Storage flipped the switch to a 500-kilowatt solar power generating facility outside of Joseph that will power as many as 100 homes. After turning on the power at the Prairie Creek solar project, a tour was given of the City of Joseph’s Sewer and Wastewater Treatment’s 100-kilowatt array that will offset approximately 90 percent of the facility’s power usage. Both systems are part of the Oregon Solar Incentive Program through Pacific Power, Perry said.

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