His nine-year journey toward living green began small: planting an organic garden and using low VOC paint. It grew larger: installing 47 solar panels and other systems to help his home achieve net zero carbon emissions. And eventually gigantic: making a $2 million documentary film, "Deep Green," about how people the world over are reducing fossil fuel dependence.
Richard and Pauline Mather were the first residential customers with Salem Electric to install a solar system at their West Salem home, and just recently they were among the first in the Willamette Valley to purchase a Nissan LEAF.
Solar Ambassadors Richard and Pauline Mather have a new companion for their residential solar system: A luminescent, pearl-colored 2011 Nissan Leaf all-electric powered car.
Contractors working within Energy Trust Service territories (Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, Northwest Natural Gas and Cascade Natural Gas) now have the opportunity to gain additional financial incentives for solar and energy conservation projects. The purpose of the bonus incentives is to encourage homeowners to pursue solar measures in concert with conservation measures and vice-versa.
The 30-person company, based in Durham near the Bridgeport Village shopping center, is working to commercialize a technology first developed at Oregon State University.
A 500-killowatt solar farm was switched on Friday at the Lever Family Farm in Aurora, the largest of its kind in Clackamas County.
Solar energy may soon become easier to capture, say researchers who have developed a novel method to produce solar cells using inkjet printing.
SolarWorld announced Wednesday that it sold its shares in a joint venture production site in South Korea. The company will instead focus on expanding its manufacturing capacity at its sites in the United Sates and in Germany.
This past week the largest ground-mounted solar farm in the region went on line at the 88-acre Lever Family Farm in Aurora.
Rob Del Mar has joined Energy Trust of Oregon as their new Senior Residential Solar Project Manager.
Solar Oregon Board Member Kacia Brockman reports back on her participation in the American Solar Energy Society conference in Raleigh, NC.
Leaders from diverse sectors - including business, rural counties, labor and education - detail the many ways in which renewable energy investments are benefitting Oregon's economy, communities and environment.
Five local businesses in Pendleton are installing solar arrays thanks to the Solarize Pendleton program.
The Oregon Business Energy Tax Credit program, accustomed to having hundreds of millions of dollars worth of tax credits to issue each year, may soon have to share just $10 million with a handful of other programs.