Portland's pioneering community solar-power program is coming to North and Northwest Portland, giving residents there the chance to install home solar electric systems at a steeply discounted rate. Two neighborhood coalitions -- North Portland Community Services and Neighbors West-Northwest -- are organizing the program, which lets residents join to purchase home solar-power systems as a group, netting wholesale prices. Additional tax credits and a cash-incentive program help bring down costs even more.
Top federal officials Thursday unveiled plans to accelerate large-scale solar energy developments across the West. But as Rob Manning reports, those plans don’t include Oregon.
In July of 1979 the "Beer Bottle Solar Collector" by David E. Cowlishaw made the front page of the Springfield Gazzette in the Eugene Oregon area. The editorial commentary said "He's betting at least a six pack on it." The inventor didn't have editorial rights, the bottles are used as storage rather than collecting, and the "green" concepts of today were perhaps a little early for this concept. Obviously this concept is now public domain.
On August 16, 2010 a group of four innovative electric vehicles started a journey around the world under the banner of the zero emissions race. Race organizer Louis Palmer, who won the 2008 European Solar Prize and himself circled the globe in his home-built Solar Taxi two years ago, continues to build awareness around the planet about how electricity from the sun can readily power buildings and vehicles.
How would you like to buy a solar electric (photovoltaic) system for your home or business, and cut the payback time almost in half? PV/T (photovoltaic thermal) systems may offer a way to improve solar payback times by capturing the waste heat energy from the Photovoltaic (PV) system for your building’s water and space heating needs. Of the sun’s energy that falls on the PV modules, about 15% is converted to useful electricity, which leaves 85% of the sun’s energy available as heat. This excess heating of the PV module is wasted and also decreases PV module efficiency.
Frank Asbeck, SolarWorld's chief executive, spoke with workers and board members in Hillsboro during a visit earlier this month. The German company has invested more than $500 million in its Hillsboro plant, built originally by Japan’s Komatsu as a semiconductor wafer factory. Nearly 1,000 people now work in the plant
Spire Solar recently won a contract with Federal Prison Industries (FPI) to install photovoltaic module systems for UNICOR, FPI’s inmate employment division. The contract is on an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) basis for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) work on systems for UNICOR
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