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.
The Oregon Department of Transportation received a grant from the Federal Highway Administration to install a solar-powered navigational lighting system on the bridge in the summer of 2011 as part of a $355,000 pilot project.
Portland’s Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods is rolling out a second Solarize project, and hopes it will lead to 400 to 500 people installing rooftop solar panels in Northeast Portland.
The city of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability recently awarded Clackamas County $9,000 to reach out to the public with education about solar energy. The grant is being split between rural Clackamas County and the cities of West Linn and Lake Oswego with the goal of educating and encouraging residents to invest in solar panels, solar hot water heaters and solar pool heaters.
New rules for residential energy tax credits go into effect Jan. 1 SALEM — New permanent rules related to residential energy tax credits go into effect on Jan. 1, 2012.
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.
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?
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.
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.