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Solar Oregon ramps up for its fifth Solar Now! University conference

Solar Now! University (SNU) is a conference for those who make and want to make solar projects happen in the Pacific Northwest. It's where community leaders connect with industry experts; where big ideas meet hands-on information; and where renewable energy leaders illuminate where solar is now and how to help steer it.

This year's conference is hosted by Solar Oregon and the City of Hillsboro. Please plan to join us in Hillsboro come June 12-14. You’ll connect with other solar supporters, advocates and experts to share ideas, gain knowledge, exchange information and connect with others who are moving the solar power agenda forward in the Pacific Northwest.  

SNU will provide community solar champions the technical education and background needed to implement, manage, and coordinate solar energy in their communities. The conference aims to increase market demand for solar energy installations by sharing practical knowledge needed to grow local clean energy programs and markets. In years past, we’ve seen a number of solarize projects sprout up after being seeded at SNU. This year, three Oregon communities will be awarded mini-grants and provided training at SNU to help facilitate solarizing their community.

Our audience is made up of local state, county, city decision makers and community leaders, and renewable energy advocates. Past year attendees have included leaders from municipalities, tribes, nonprofits, counties, utilities, solar companies, consultants and more.


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Spotlight on the City of Hillsboro, Oregon

Like Solar Oregon, Hillsboro is a partner in the Northwest Solar Communities / a Rooftop Solar Challenge II grant program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

“We are excited by the notion of the City of Hillsboro hosting this year. They’ve been a leader in sustainability and welcomed the opportunity to host in order to bring together organizations and individuals to help spread solar throughout the region,” stated Ron “Mac” McDowell, Executive Director of Solar Oregon.

In addition to Hillsboro, Solar Oregon has partnered with Energy Trust of Oregon, Northwest Solar Communities, Oregon Department of Energy, Oregonians for Renewable Energy Progress, and Northwest SEED to bring you SNU 2014. Our major sponsors include industry and market heavyweights such as SolarWorld, Umpqua Bank, SolarCity, Platt Electric, Drive Oregon, and Clean Energy Works of Oregon.

This two-day conference will kick-off with a Meet and Greet event Thursday evening at SolarWorld’s U.S. Headquarters, June 12th, with the opening session on Friday morning. The program will continue all day Friday and Saturday and will offer a solution-centered deep dive into the solar sector of the Pacific Northwest region with focus on four key areas: community solar, innovation and technology, solarize train the trainer, and Northwest Solar Communities’ work to reduce or remove soft costs barriers to solar in our region. On Saturday afternoon, SNU attendees will have the option to join one of two in-the-field solar viewing trips around Washington County.

Special Guest – National Renewable Energy Lab

This year we’ve invited representatives from the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) to speak at the conference and lead some workshop sessions. They will provide a look at the solar energy landscape at the national level and SNU attendees will benefit from learning what others are doing by sharing of best practices.

Make your reservation today.  Act now to take advantage of our early bird discount that expires on May 15th!

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