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Solar Now! Regional Outreach - Funding Opportunity

The objective of the Solar Now! Regional Outreach funding opportunity is to achieve measurable increases in market demand for solar energy in Oregon. The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) seeks to partner with local jurisdictions, neighborhoods and community-based organizations to educate Oregon citizens about solar energy; increase the number and installed capacity of solar energy systems in Oregon; and streamline local permitting processes.

 

PROPOSALS DUE: August 8, 2011 by 4 p.m.

 

 >>click here to download full program description and application

Summary

 

The objective of the Solar Now! Regional Outreach funding opportunity is to achieve measurable increases in market demand for solar energy in Oregon. The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) seeks to partner with local jurisdictions, neighborhoods and community-based organizations to educate Oregon citizens about solar energy; increase the number and installed capacity of solar energy systems in

Oregon; and streamline local permitting processes.

 

Funding is available through a grant awarded to the City of Portland by the US

Department of Energy (DOE) under the Solar America Cities: Special Projects program.

This program was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

(ARRA). Solar Now! Regional Outreach is one of four objectives that Portland is obligated to deliver as part of the Solar America Cities: Special Projects grant.

 

BPS plans to award up to $41,000 to support this work. BPS anticipates making between four and six awards, ranging from $2,000-$10,000. Funding will be allocated monthly on a reimbursement basis, no later than March 31, 2012. Every dollar reimbursed by BPS, must be matched by the recipient organization.

 

Background

Since 2007, the City of Portland has collaborated with DOE, Energy Trust of Oregon, the Oregon Department of Energy and Solar Oregon to transform the market for solar energy.

As a result of this collaboration, the Solar Now! campaign was created to leverage skills

and resources from each of the partners while creating a unified market presence.

Accomplishments of Solar Now! include:

 

· Comprehensive solar educational content for residents and businesses.

· A series of free monthly workshops available to the residential and business communities.

· Free, expert technical assistance about solar for interested citizens and installers.

· A replicable brand and solar marketing communications toolkit.

· Support for the neighborhood-based group purchasing campaigns known collectively as Solarize Portland.

· Streamlined municipal regulations and permitting processes that provide clarity for installers and reduce installation costs for consumers.

· Sponsorship for Pendleton, Sherman County and Hood River (represented by the Columbia Gorge Earth Center) to join the Solar Now! campaign network.

· Solar Now! University, a train-the-trainer conference to share practical knowledge and expertise with Pendleton, Sherman County, Hood River and other eastern Oregon communities.

 

Solar Now! Regional Outreach builds upon these successes and accomplishments. BPS

seeks to provide continued support to Portland neighborhoods and rural Oregon communities to further the goal of solar market transformation.

Successful proposers will become part of Oregon’s Solar Now! campaign, with access to the combined expertise and resources of each of the participating organizations and jurisdictions.

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 Solar Now! Partners



Solar Oregon stacked logo 
 

Hillsboro Logo

 

  NW Solar Communities Logo


Terrawatt Sponsors

 

solarworld

ETO Logo


Gigawatt Sponsors


Umpqua Bank Logo

 

 ODOE Logo

Solar Cit


Megawatt Sponsor

 

Platt logo


Kilowatt Sponsors 

 

Drive Oregon


Neil Logo


 CEWO logo


 AP logo


Nanowatt Sponsors 

The Cadmus Group

Tonkon Torp LLP

Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Northwest SEED

Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association

Oregonians for Renewable Energy Progress

One PacificCoast Bank

 

Media Sponsors 

Green Living Journal

The Green Economy

 

Print Sponsors

 Willamette Print & Blueprint, Inc.

The Cadmus Group

 





 



 


 


 

 

 

 
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