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.
SolarWorld plans to hire 350 more workers, including soldiers returning from the Mideast, by Sept. 30 at its Hillsboro factories.
City planning commission tours three local projects; workshop set tonight
Solar Oregon selected a home built by Cellar Ridge Custom Homes of McMinnville to be on its Goal Net Zero Home Tour, according to owner John Mead. Zero energy use is possible by generating as much renewable energy on site as is used.
Fourteen Oregon wineries claim to be the first in the country to complete a carbon reduction program. The Vineyard growers believe climate change is real and that reducing carbon emissions will lead to temperature stabilization here in Oregon.
ln the summer of 2008, Tad Everhart decided to attend training at the Passive House Institute US in Urbana, Ill., to become certified as a passive-house consultant.
Oregon hopes to replicate Germany’s success with its own feed-in tariff, which would allow a maximum of 25 megawatts of small-scale (500 kilowatt-hours or less) solar photovoltaic projects to be reimbursed by participating utilities for the power they produce.
Three years ago, Ihab Elzeyadi, an associate professor at the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture, got so irritated by how badly green technology was integrated into existing buildings that he decided to do something about it. The result is an awning that generates and saves enough electricity that buildings using it could potentially have zero net energy consumption. The aluminum awning holds photovoltaic cells that convert sunlight into electricity, which is then used throughout the building. A reflective light shelf on the awning redirects daylight into the building, further reducing electricity needs; LED lighting underneath the awning provides nighttime illumination. A prototype was attached to a UO building last summer, and data from it shows the awning could pay for itself after five years. Elzeyadi hopes to commercialize the awning within two years. “This could become the future of bricks and mortars,” he says.
The federal government plans to reduce its carbon footprint by installing solar panels at its Medford interagency compound, a move that could save some $6,000 annually in its power bill. In addition, it is upgrading solar power installations for two historic sites off the power grid in the lower Rogue River's wild and scenic section.