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.
Matt Dishman Community Center is now using solar power to offset its energy consumption, thanks to a federal grant the city has been using for energy upgrades throughout town. The folks who use the community center at 77 N.E. Knott Street likely haven't noticed a change because you can't really see the shiny new solar panels from the street.
Cafe Yumm! cut the ribbon Wednesday in a ceremony attended by Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon - and several of Oregon's estimated 1,000 electric car owners. It is the first restaurant in the Pacific Northwest to have expanded the menu to include solar-powered parking.
Oregon solar power company Azuray Technologies is unveiling two new products Tuesday. They're meant to increase the power coming off a solar array by as much as 25 percent.
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski paid a visit Friday to U.S. SolarWorld’s Hillsboro headquarters, touring the facility and meeting with some of the employees of the country’s largest solar cell producer. But the visit wasn’t just to celebrate the power of the Sun, but to shine a light on a myriad of alleged trade violations by the Chinese government and its burgeoning solar industry.
The Ontario City council split 4-2 on approving motions to allow city staff to gather information on whether the city should be involved in a pilot solar power program proposed by Idaho Power Company and on whether the city should pursue an agreement with a firm to finance the project.
Oregon’s solar energy employs more than 3,300 workers, making it the nation’s eighth biggest state for solar jobs, according to a new study by the Solar Foundation.
Solar industry's bankruptcies in context
Last August, nineteen 6-8th graders and staff from OMSI’s summer science camp visited Yoshida Foods International for an “Eco Class” and a tour of the Portland sauce factory. These 10-12 year olds had the opportunity to see first-hand how businesses use solar technology to provide their energy needs, and Solar Oregon was there to share in the experience.
If Corvallis residents have a wish list of energy efficiency upgrades they’d like to make before the holidays, now is the time to act. The city of Corvallis has low-interest loans of $2,500 to $10,000 for energy efficiency projects, but the funds are only available through Dec. 31. Read more: http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/article_ba996250-f88c-11e0-bcef-001cc4c002e0.html#ixzz1b4TT6IRY
Solar Now! University team travels to Roseburg to share best practices with local governments in rural Oregon
Educators from Solar Now! offer tools for inspiring community-level energy independence
The key elements necessary for a 100% renewable grid in Oregon are being developed or are already in place. While we are not talking about 100% renewable grid by 2020, we are looking at approaching this goal by 2050-2075, which in the time frames of power system planning is “pretty soon”. This article is simply a “30,000 foot” introduction to this possibility.
The U.S. solar industry is lobbying Congress to extend a tax break that’s helped it more than double in size over the past two years. The Section 1603 Treasury Program, enacted in 2009, enables developers of renewable energy projects to receive a grant, in lieu of a tax credit, when their projects come on line. This program “has been the single most effective policy driving renewable energy growth during the past two years,” said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association. The program is scheduled to expire, however, at the end of this year. If Congress is serious about creating jobs—and supporting renewable energy—it should extend this break for another year, Resch said.
King Estate, the largest winery in Oregon, already harvests grapes and other fruits and vegetables on its 1,033-acre spread southwest of Eugene. In the next couple of months, it also will begin harvesting the sun. Construction has begun at King Estate on a $5 million to $6 million solar power system — the largest such system at a winery in the Northwest. Unlike the rooftop systems that have been installed in recent years at various Lane County businesses, this will be a solar farm on 4 acres. Its 4,144 solar panels have the potential to generate up to 973.84 kilowatts of electricity — enough to power 100 homes for a year, according to federal Environmental Protection Agency estimates.
The solar panels atop the Matthew Knight Arena and Moshofsky Center are part of a project to put solar installations on each of the state’s seven public university campuses. Work on the UO project, with an installed capacity of 1 megawatt, is expected to start later this year and be completed early next year. When the full project is built out, the campuses will have a solar system with a design capacity of almost 6 megawatts of energy. That would make it the largest system in Oregon and among the top five by a university system in the nation, said Bob Simonton, assistant vice chancellor for capital programs for the Oregon University System.
Gov. John Kitzhaber and other officials will gather in Salem next Wednesday to mark the opening of a new food processing facility set up to operate efficiently and provide space for growing food-related businesses. The initial tenants of the building, which was developed by Wildwood Inc., are Organic Fresh Fingers Inc. and Wandering Aengus Ciderworks
By now the financial, political, and emotional fallout from the recent Solyndra bankruptcy filing is running at full tilt. Print, online, and social media channels are filled with the appropriate questions about what happened -- who’s responsible, who’s accountable, and who’s going to pay for it? Incumbent energy providers, including coal and oil, along with many politicians are cynically rushing to tout this event as the beginning of the end for renewable energy, while others see Solyndra’s collapse as merely a singular event that is part of an inevitable macro-trend toward a 21st century clean economy.
Pacific Power is finalizing plans to develop its first solar farm in Oregon. Company President Patrick Reiten announced the project at the Go Green '11 conference in Portland on Tuesday. Bob Gravely is a spokesman for Pacific Power. He said the project would provide 2 megawatts of solar power to the company's energy mix.