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.
"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.
SolarWorld’s complaint against China could generate a windfall for Oregon: Asian manufacturers starting solar factories here to gain refuge from a trade war.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Solar Oregon Board President Ron "Mac" McDowell recaps the Community Dinner and 32nd Annual Meeting and Celebration
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The first renewable power system in the Eugene School District will be unveiled during a Nov. 9 ceremony at Adams Elementary School, 950 W. 22nd Ave. The event will take place after school, from 2 to 4 p.m.
The National League of Cities will showcase the Solar Beaverton program at its conference in Phoenix on Wednesday, Nov. 9. The city of Beaverton program will be highlighted as one of six “green cities” in the nation recognized for its creative collaborations, increased efficiency and enhanced quality of life for residents, said Cindy Tatham, the city’s sustainability coordinator.
Americans overwhelmingly support the use and development of solar energy as well as federal incentives for solar, according to the 2011 SCHOTT Solar Barometer™, a nationally representative survey conducted annually by independent polling firm Kelton Research. For the fourth consecutive year, the survey found that about nine out of 10 Americans (89 percent) think it is important for the United States to develop and use solar energy. Support for solar is strong across the political spectrum with 80 percent of Republicans, 90 percent of Independents and 94 percent of Democrats agreeing that it is important for the United States to develop and use solar.
Ikea announced Wednesday plan to install solar panels on three additional U.S. locations, including its Portland store. The three new additions to Ikea's solar portfolio — Portland, Draper, Utah and New Haven, Conn. — will bring the total number of U.S. stores outfitted with panels to 23, more than half of the chain's U.S. presence.