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"Pacific Power Announces Solar Farm Plans"

"Pacific Power Announces Solar Farm Plans"

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.

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"Solar panels installed on PSU's LEED-Platinum Lincoln Hall"

"Solar panels installed on PSU's LEED-Platinum Lincoln Hall"

The 234 solar panels that helped Portland State University’s (PSU’s) Lincoln Hall win a prestigious LEED Platinum certification were installed on the building’s roof in late September. Installation of the panels completed all the items the design and construction team used to gain 54 LEED points for the building – two more than the Platinum requirement. The U.S. Green Building Council granted Lincoln Hall the Platinum certification in June based on the design and construction plans.

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"Sec. Chu defends clean energy loans"

"Sec. Chu defends clean energy loans"

The Obama administration's energy chief, facing increased pressure over the failure of solar panel maker Solyndra, defended on Saturday a loan guarantee program that has provided billions of dollars for solar energy and other renewable energy projects. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said a stimulus law program that expired Friday will help develop the world's largest wind farm in Oregon, several large solar power farms in California and Nevada, and the installation of solar panels on 750 rooftops in 28 states, among other projects. The loan program has become a rallying cry for critics of the Obama administration's green energy program after a California solar panel maker declared bankruptcy despite receiving a $528 million federal loan. The company, Solyndra LLC, has laid off its 1,100 workers.

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"Salem Green and Solar Fair highlights green-living ideas"

"Salem Green and Solar Fair highlights green-living ideas"

Innovative ideas and the products that emerge from them were front and center Saturday at the Salem Green and Solar Fair at Pringle Creek Community's Village Center. About 50 turned out to take in the innovative ideas from varied groups such as Green Hammer, whose Stephen Aiguier was the featured speaker; Salem Harvest; Silverton's Gordon House; and Friends of Straub Environmental Learning Center.

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"Gold Dust Farms Goes Solar"

"Gold Dust Farms Goes Solar"

In January of 2011, Gold Dust embarked on the Solar Initiative with the goal to install six solar power generating stations on various facilities in the Merrill-Malin area. With the help of Obsidian Financial and the Oregon Feed-In Tariff program, in August of that year all six solar stations had been installed and hooked up to the power grid – or “green tagged” – by Pacific Power and Light.

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"Solar-Panel Imports From China Said to Face U.S. Trade Complaint"

"Solar-Panel Imports From China Said to Face U.S. Trade Complaint"

Solar manufacturers including a unit of SolarWorld AG (SWV) are preparing a U.S. trade complaint against China, as they seek to counter low-cost, subsidized imports, according to people familiar with the matter.The case, which would be filed at the Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, would be one of the largest targeting China, with political implications as both nations race to develop clean- energy technologies. The companies say that China’s subsidies to solar companies violate global trade rules and provide those manufacturers with an unfair advantage, according to the people, who spoke yesterday on condition of anonymity because no complaint has yet been filed.

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"Council OKs solar array for Gresham City Hall"

"Council OKs solar array for Gresham City Hall"

In keeping with the city of Gresham’s efforts to position itself as a leader in the solar industry, city councilors have approved plans to build a solar array at City Hall. Using $470,000 in federal stimulus grants and a $124,000 grant from Energy Trust of Oregon, the array will have the potential to deliver about 93,000 kWh (kilo watt hour) of electricity a year – electricity that will fuel Gresham City Hall at 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway.

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"PSU Researchers Try To Increase Solar Panel Production with Green Roofs"

"PSU Researchers Try To Increase Solar Panel Production with Green Roofs"

When people think of Portland, OR, a city that receives approximately 40 inches of rainfall a year, they're not likely to think of solar energy research. But that's exactly what's happening under the direction of Portland State University Chemistry Professor Carl Wamser, who is quick to point out that Oregon receives more annual sunlight than Germany or Japan, the two countries leading the world in solar energy production. Wamser's group, co-led by PSU's Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and Director of the Green Building Research Laboratory David Sailor and Assistant Professor in the Biology Department and Center for Life in Extreme Environments Todd Rosentiel, is looking into the effects of combining single-cell silicon photovoltaic (PV) solar panels with green roof technology. Wamser said that the idea came from other research he was doing to develop thin-film organic PV panels.

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"Oregon's Azuray Technologies Selected as a GoingGreen Global 200 Winners"

"Oregon's Azuray Technologies Selected as a GoingGreen Global 200 Winners"

Azuray Technologies, an emerging leader in solar power optimization and monitoring, announced that it has been chosen by AlwaysOn as one of the GoingGreen Global 200 winners. Inclusion in the GoingGreen Global 200 signifies leadership amongst peers and game-changing products that are likely to disrupt existing markets and entrenched players. Azuray was specially selected by the global AlwaysOn editorial team and industry experts based on a set of five criteria: innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value, and media buzz.

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"Feds grant $1.5 million for Sustainability Center"

"Feds grant $1.5 million for Sustainability Center"

Today the Economic Development Administration announced a $1.5 million grant to Portland State University, the city of Portland and the Oregon University System to help build the 130,000 square-foot Oregon Sustainability Center. The Sustainability Center is Portland’s grand “living building” project. It’s planned to blow green building standards out of the water with a triple net-zero rating: It would generate all its own power, release no carbon emissions and produce no waste.

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Oregon Department of Energy seeks input on renewable energy incentive programs

Oregon Department of Energy seeks input on renewable energy incentive programs

The Oregon Department of Energy is seeking input on the new Energy Incentives Programs (formerly BETC), and Residential Energy Tax Credit program.

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Getting to Zero Net Energy for Transportation

Getting to Zero Net Energy for Transportation

Solar Oregon Board Member Bruce Barney combines a PV system with an electric vehicle to get to Zero Net Energy for transportation.

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"New deals shaking up solar industry in Oregon"

"New deals shaking up solar industry in Oregon"

Two new options that are shaking up Oregon’s solar industry and bringing solar power to a broader sector of people. Welcome to the new era of solar leasing and solar prepayments, which enable homeowners to reap the benefits of rooftop solar systems without owning the panels.

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"Changes in Portland's solar zoning code now allow installations in previously restricted areas!"

"Changes in Portland's solar zoning code now allow installations in previously restricted areas!"

Portland City Council voted to revise some of the zoning regulations for rooftop solar energy systems that may have affected whether or not you could put solar photovoltaic or solar hot water panels on your home. These changes bring Portland into alignment with Oregon House Bill 3516, adopted a few months ago.

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"Green Chevron gas station opens in Oregon"

"Green Chevron gas station opens in Oregon"

Green building has reached office buildings, airports, homes, churches -- and now, a gas station. In Beaverton, Ore., a redeveloped Chevron station opened today that touts a green roof, solar panels, geothermal power and bio-diesel fuel.

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"Data Center BendBroadband Vault Deploys Multiple Green Practices"

"Data Center BendBroadband Vault Deploys Multiple Green Practices"

Data center operator BendBroadband Vault (www.bendbroadbandvault.com) announced on Friday it has recently opened 30,000 square-foot BendBroadband Vault in Central Oregon is substantiating its claims for extreme energy efficiency, slashing energy consumption by an estimated 600kW compared to standard data centers. The company partnered with Sunlight Solar and Advanced Energy PV Powered to create a truly sustainable facility, which opened in April.

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"Infographic: Will solar really work in your state?"

"Infographic: Will solar really work in your state?"

One Block off the Grid, the San Francisco startup that offers Groupon-style discounts for solar panel installations, put together an infographic to debunk the commonly held belief that the renewable energy source only works in sunny states like California and Arizona. 1BOG offers evidence — and anecdotal quips — that even famously cloudy locales can become a leading solar city. For example, Portland has three times the number of residential solar installation as most cities.

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"Two of Oregon's solar companies recieve DOE grants to advance solar tech"

"Two of Oregon's solar companies recieve DOE grants to advance solar tech"

Federal energy officials recently awarded Bend-based Advanced Energy Industries Solar Energy Business Unit $3.1 million and SolarWold of Hillsboro $4.6 million for their ongoing research to better integrate solar-power systems with utilities.

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"Wyden asks Obama for Dumping Duties on China's Solar Panels"

"Wyden asks Obama for Dumping Duties on China's Solar Panels"

Senator Ron Wyden asked President Barack Obama to investigate imports of solar panels from China in a bid to help U.S. producers compete with a flood of imports. Without that support from Obama, the domestic U.S. industry may be put out of business by Chinese companies benefiting from unfair government subsidies. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/09/08/bloomberg1376-LR7UZR6JTSE801-2G6P1TPRO4B6D5MUPL41O30LJA.DTL#ixzz1XTib9Oby

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"Government support for renewable energy development must continue"

"Government support for renewable energy development must continue"

Solyndra's recent bankruptcy, on the heels of similar action by two other U.S.-based solar panel manufacturers, is seen as a major blow to U.S. efforts to become a leader in clean energy development. China now has three-fifths of the world's solar panel production capacity. What is more, Solyndra received $535 million in loan guarantees from the U.S. government. In the era of monumental government debt, critics cite this as a prime example of government waste; however, such a depiction would be a gross misrepresentation of the loan guarantee program. In fact, the federal government should accelerate its efforts and do more to develop and support clean energy and greater energy efficiencies.

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