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"Study shows jobs created via buy-in-Oregon provision for solar expansion"

Solar by Degrees is a major boost in state's solar capacity


Relying on Oregon-produced materials and local workers for a massive solar expansion at state universities will nearly double the amount of Oregon jobs produced, according to a new study.

The study by Industrial Economics Inc. of Cambridge, Mass., calculates that the state preference to buy home-grown products for its $27.1 million “Solar by Degrees” project will yield 14.8 one-year jobs for each $1 million invested, compared to 8.8 jobs without the requirement.

The study was commissioned when questions were raised in the Legislature about the relative lack of Oregon jobs produced by some renewable energy projects funded partly by state energy tax credits.

The Solar by Degrees project will produce 4.9 megawatts of electricity from photovoltaic panels at multiple campuses of the Oregon University System, increasing the total solar electricity produced in Oregon in 2010 by 20 percent.

The consulting firm said the price being paid for the projects would be typical for U.S. projects, though slighly on the high end for Oregon projects.

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