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Solar Oregon Hires Evan Manvel as Interim Executive Director

Solar Oregon is pleased to announce the hiring of Evan Manvel as our Interim Executive Director.

Manvel has held leadership positions in several of Oregon’s top conservation nonprofits. He has served as the Executive Director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, the Legislative Affairs Director of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, and the Research and Education Director for 1000 Friends of Oregon.

“We are thrilled to have found a strong manager to bring us into our next chapter of helping Oregonians invest in solar energy,” said Board President Doug Boleyn.

“I grew up knowing the benefits of solar energy first-hand,” said Manvel. “My parents installed solar water heating and passive solar windows in our house during the Carter administration, and those investments are still paying dividends and keeping my family’s utility bills low.”

“I’m excited to help more Oregonian families and businesses take advantage of the huge improvements in the quality, size, and price of solar energy, while helping Solar Oregon thrive,” he said.

Manvel will serve as the Interim Executive Director through January, replacing outgoing Executive Director Ron “Mac” McDowell.

Solar Oregon is leading the way to a clean energy future by demonstrating the successful use of solar energy in Oregon. In the past five years, Solar Oregon’s annual Solar Now! University conference has generated 15 collective-purchasing community solar programs across the state, and its Basics of Going Solar Workshops have reached over 3,600 Oregonians.

Over 20,000 Oregon households have installed solar systems. The average cost of solar panels has fallen 79% since 2008, and in 2013 solar energy accounted for 29% of all new electricity capacity built in America. Let's continue this trend!

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