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SB 1520 to Facilitate Cooperative Ownership of Solar

by Kathleen Newman, Oregonians for Renewable Energy Progress 

Senator Bruce Starr is sponsoring a bill in the 2014 short legislative session that would add Renewable Energy Cooperatives to the existing list of cooperatives that are exempted from securities registration in Oregon.  SB 1520, if passed, will make it easier and less costly for groups of Oregonians to pool their resources and develop solar installations and other renewable energy technologies such as wind turbines, farm biogas digesters, microhydro, and eventually, wave energy.  The bill will be read on Thursday, February 6th in the Senate Committee on Business and Transportation, of which Senator Starr is the vice-chair. 

Oregonians for Renewable Energy Progress (OREP) and Solar Oregon welcome your interest and support of the bill.  OREP is lining up written and oral testimony for February 6th. If you have experience in trying to develop a community-owned renewable energy project in Oregon and would like to speak to the value of this legislation, please contact OREP.  We look forward to seeing this pro-solar piece of legislation pass this session!

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