Preservationists say case-by-case reviews of residential solar installations within historic and conservation districts are necessary to maintain neighborhoods' characters. Solar hot-water panels are visible on this home within the Piedmont Conservation District, but the addition of solar panels would require review
Harvesting energy from the sun is hardly a new idea, but in the past year Pendleton has seen a marked increase in solarized homes, thanks in large part to a push by the city of Pendleton to promote solar power.
The goal for the pilot program: Solar energy for 50 new homes by Aug. 31. Four months later, Solar Beaverton didn't quite hit its goal of 50 -- 45 homes signed contracts, with a few others still in negotiations -- but city officials who sponsored the project say they're pleased with the results nonetheless.
With a background in green building and community development, James Santana has been a part of the Pringle Creek development team since the property was purchased in 2005, helping plan and design Oregon’s first LEED Platinum home, the Pringle Creek cottage; and Painters Hall, Oregon’s first LEED Platinum net-zero-energy commercial building.
A code developed by the Oregon Building Codes Division will establish requirements for installing photovoltaic systems. But the code would limit which parts a solar installer could use to attach solar panels to roofs. That doesn’t sit well with solar installers, solar manufacturers or the people in charge of writing the code.
Surrogate solar has arrived in Lane County with the near-completion of an 85-kilowatt array atop the FOOD for Lane County building in southwest Eugene.
Bob-O Schultze is a professional member of Solar Oregon and the owner of Electron Connection, Inc., which offers load analysis, site survey, system design, sales, installation, user training, and tech support services for residential and commercial solar and micro-hydro systems, and residential wind turbine systems.
We understand that some of solar energy’s biggest fans have a hard time making it work. If you rent or lease your home or business space, you may not have the authority to put up solar panels or invest in a solar hot water heater. Maybe the costs are too high to commit to right now, or there’s a beautiful shade tree blocking the sun’s rays. Whatever the reason, you can still support clean energy and Solar Oregon by signing up for green power.
The 2010 Oregon Green and Solar Tour is very happy to report that 14 communities from all across Oregon have joined the more than 3200 communities from across the country in presenting tours of innovative green and solar buildings - all in concert with the 15th annual American Solar Energy Society (ASES) National Solar Tour. Most of these tours occur in September and October - many of them coinciding with the official tour date of Saturday, October 2nd.