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"Support Solar Oregon by Choosing Clean Power"

"Support Solar Oregon by Choosing Clean Power"

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.

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"Your community, your tour, join us!"

"Your community, your tour, join us!"

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.

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"Net Zero on Wheels"

"Net Zero on Wheels"

Solar Oregon has been educating the public about net-zero energy use in the home through its Goal Net-Zero tours and discussion groups. The question has become: Can I utilize renewable energy to achieve Net-Zero energy use for my transportation needs? Let’s explore.

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"First users of Oregon solar pilot program up and running"

"First users of Oregon solar pilot program up and running"

Ramp, 61, is the first PGE customer to generate electricity under a pilot program in which utilities pay homeowners for power produced from solar panels. The program, also available to Pacific Power customers, proved so popular when it launched July 1 that available spots ran out in 15 minutes. The next chance to apply is Oct. 1.

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"Communities go solar together, save money"

"Communities go solar together, save money"

The group of neighbors, called "Solarize Salem," is the latest in a wave of grass-roots efforts around the country to connect homeowners interested in solar power.

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"Oregon groups get $7M for solar pilot"

"Oregon groups get $7M for solar pilot"

Eight agencies from around the state learned Thursday that they will collectively receive nearly $7 million for two pilot programs to install solar panels on homes and implement other sustainability and energy efficiency improvements.

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"Portland City Commissioner Randy Leonard to inaugurate second public solar powered loo"

"Portland City Commissioner Randy Leonard to inaugurate second public solar powered loo"

Wednesday he will take the inaugural flush of the city’s second public loo at 12:30 p.m. at Waterfront Park, Southwest Taylor and Southwest Naito Parkway.

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"New armory dedication set for Wednesday"

Ontario - The system, once it is operational, will boast one of the largest solar power arrays on the Idaho Power electrical grid. The proposed system is capable of producing more than 100 kilowatts of energy per hour.

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"Bike tour visits green neighbors"

"Bike tour visits green neighbors"

Eugene (KMTR) – A unique weekend tour gave Eugene neighbors a chance to learn from each other about ways to transform homes into earth-friendly living spaces.

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"Researchers study eco-roof and solar panel combinations"

"Researchers study eco-roof and solar panel combinations"

Eco-roofing is becoming increasingly popular, especially in Portland, where the “green” movement is alive and well. These self-sustaining systems are designed to grow year-round, using whatever sunlight and rainwater they can get from the rooftops.

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"‘Project Runway’ Winner to Offer SolarWorld-Inspired Runway Collection at Portland Fashion Week in October "

"‘Project Runway’ Winner to Offer SolarWorld-Inspired Runway Collection at Portland Fashion Week in October "

Seth Aaron Henderson, the latest winning designer in hit reality TV fashion show “Project Runway,” has agreed to develop the “Seth Aaron SolarWorld Collection Presented by Portland Fashion Week” to be unveiled Oct. 9 in the sustainable fashion showcase in Portland.

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"OMSI debuts solar-powered charging canopy"

"OMSI debuts solar-powered charging canopy"

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is taking the wraps off of a novel electric charging station that harnesses solar power to recharge everything from personal electronics to electric vehicles.

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"Solar manufacturers struggle to meet demand"

"Solar manufacturers struggle to meet demand"

Manufacturers are producing solar modules as fast as they can, but not fast enough to meet demand.

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"College board OK’s bonds"

Meeting in special session Tuesday, the board voted 6 to 0 in favor of posting an $8.2 million bond measure in the Wasco County portion of the college district to match an already allocated $8 million state grant. If approved, the money would go to build a new building at The Dalles campus to house wind and solar energy jobs training programs.

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"Nonprofit considers five bids to bring solar panels to 100 homes"

Solarize Salem, a community group, is considering five bids for its program to bring solar electric panels to 100 Salem homes. The program is based on a half dozen grassroots efforts in Portland and other Oregon cities that bring neighbors together to buy solar installation in bulk to get a better rate and help educate each other on the process. The group, which is part of Salem Creative Network, will announce the two winning contractors, the installation price and open it up a sign-up sheet to all Salem homeowners Aug. 2.

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"Solexant to build thin-film solar plant in Gresham, employ 100 initially"

"Solexant to build thin-film solar plant in Gresham, employ 100 initially"

Solexant Corp. is set to announce Tuesday that it has chosen to build a new manufacturing plant for thin-film solar cells in Gresham that will initially employ about 100 workers.

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"Oregon trims tax credits for residential solar panels"

"Oregon trims tax credits for residential solar panels"

Oregon solar installers say a rule quietly enacted by a state agency July 1 -- and announced late Wednesday -- cuts a crucial tax credit, boosting costs of rooftop residential energy production.

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"Oregon Department of Energy Renewable Energy Tax Credit Changes Effective 7/1/10"

Oregon Department of Energy Renewable Energy Tax Credit Changes Effective 7/1/10

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