Power companies will have to buy back your excess power at more than six times the current rate if you convert to a solar energy plan.
SunPower Corp. announced Wednesday that it produced a full-scale solar cell with a sunlight-to-electricity conversion efficiency rate of 24.2 percent — that is, 24.2 percent of the sunlight that hits the cell is converted into electricity.
Oregon will plug $2.36 million in tax credits into boosting the solar thermal market here, aiming to revive a once popular method of heating water that now holds nascent promise for commercial water users.
A mandate from the 2009 Oregon Legislature to use 1.5 percent of all new construction project budgets for solar energy projects means the agency responsible for housing Oregon’s prisoners will be doing more solar projects in the future.
Oregon is pushing solar energy at a premium price. A new pilot project will reward a select group of homeowners and businesses with monthly checks for installing solar cells. Customers of the state's largest utilities will be funding the program through their electric bills
The warehouse store chain is trying out sales of the Eugene company’s panels in 16 outlets. News.
Feed In Tariff -- Oregonians who install solar panels will soon be eligible to receive checks from utility companies at premium rates for the power they generate.
on Wednesday, Grape made it clear it would like to ripen into a manufacturer with the capacity to employ as many as 200 workers in economically depressed Lane County. The company signed a lease for 53,000 square feet of factory space in Eugene, with an eye toward a $10 million plant with the capacity to churn out 100 megawatts of solar panels annually.
It is motivating to see local residents take an active interest in pursuing solar power as an alternative source of electricity to power their homes. Solar power is one of many forms of electricity production worth exploring as the nation and the state consider ways to reduce reliance on foreign oil and coal as sources of power to turn America on.
2009 marked a transition year for Jeff Friedman. An engineering veteran in the semiconductor industry for 25 years, Friedman found himself amongst thousands of other technical jobseekers in the middle of a shrinking semiconductor capital equipment market and a slowing world economy. Fourteen months later, Friedman has been reborn as a Solar Oregon board member and an energy consultant at LiveLight Energy LLC, a full-service solar design and install company in Oregon. Solar Oregon interviews Friedman on his path to solar.
Cutter Steadfast crew helps Astoria Middle School finish passive solar greenhouse project
Some competitors wish pilot program had been open to bidding process. Beaverton took one of its first visible steps in pursuing its sustainability goals last week, by launching a new program: Solar Beaverton.
If federal incentive programs are extended through 2012, just over 14,500 new solar jobs could be created in Oregon by 2016, according to a report out Thursday from the Solar Energy Industry Association
USA Today: The 2,900 square foot home, chosen as "This Week's Green House," uses other recycled materials, such as stainless steel with a shimmery patina for a kitchen countertop. Its greenest feature may be its 27 rooftop solar panels which provide all its power. Since the house, on 27 acres, was so far from public utilities, Smith decided to go off-grid. The 5.1 kilowatt system cost $54,00 before tax credits and about $24,000 after them.
News: Eugene (KMTR)- On the surface, it's 32 new solar panels to provide hot water for the residents of 60-year-old low-income apartments. But St. Vincent De Paul Executive Director Terry McDonald believes it's much, much more.
News: A new solar company could be coming to the metro area. Solexant has requested a $25 million loan from the Oregon Department of Energy’s state Energy Loan Program to finance a thin-film solar plant in the Gresham or Wilsonville area. The plant would eventually have the capacity the produce 400 megawatts of thin-film solar cells each year.
Bend’s Habitat for Humanity dedicated its 84th home May 8 to celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary. The home, which was dedicated to Melissa Evans and her two daughters, was built with a solar energy system and is one of 12 homes constructed by the organization to have this feature. The home was built in Bend Habitat’s new community, Parkway Village, on Empire Boulevard and Boyd Acres Road.
Prompted by a February pledge to create a solar program for Beaverton residents, Mayor Denny Doyle this week will announce a partnership with a California business to offer discounted solar systems to about 50 homes, marking the first major initiative for the city's new sustainability program.
The Passive House concept is being actively implemented in Portland. The method’s popularity among builders and architects is rising as the industry seeks to accomplish ambitious goals to cut energy use.
More than 50 people gathered at Corvallis High School on Friday afternoon to celebrate the installation of a 2.3-kilowatt solar system on the school’s roof.