November 17, 2017

Buying or Selling a Home in Oregon?

For Immediate Release: Portland, Oregon (November 2017) – Coldwell Banker Bain real estate broker Ron “Mac” McDowell, a lifetime member of Solar Oregon, has formed a unique partnership with the Solar Oregon, a 501© 3 non-profit organization. Coldwell Banker Bain makes donations to support the work of their brokers and in support their broker causes, […]

November 01, 2017

Solar Oregon Annual Meeting December 2, 2017

Join Oregon’s solar advocates for Solar Oregon’s 2017 annual meeting! Our theme is Community Energy Preparedness and What’s Next for Solar in Oregon. Lunch tickets are available for purchase, it will include a hot lunch and a beverage. Please consider an end of year donation to Solar Oregon to help us continue our education and […]

August 17, 2017

Oregon’s Residential Energy Tax Credit Sunsets 12/31/17

The Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC) program is scheduled to sunset on December 31, 2017. This program has offered Oregonians up to $6,000 as a credit taken over four years, depending on the solar capacity of your solar system. See RETC Rate Chart for more information: To qualify for a tax credit: – Contract […]

July 27, 2017

Clean Energy Incentives Left Behind by the Legislature

Oregon has always been seen as a leader in clean energy. Before “climate change” or even “clean energy” were commonplace terms, Oregon was helping individuals make clean energy investments. In the late 1970s, the legislature created the Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC) to provide incentives to Oregonians to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy. […]

June 30, 2017

ACTION ALERT: Contact Your Legislators to Support a New Residential Solar Incentive

ACTION ALERT: Still Time to Contact Your Legislators to Support a New Residential Solar Incentive! CALL TO ACTION! UPDATE, 6/30/2017: Thank you to everyone who has called or sent an e-mail to your legislators. It’s making a difference! If you haven’t had a chance to contact your legislator, there’s still time. The original action alert […]

May 31, 2017

Policy Update: Legislative and PUC Happenings

  Legislature: With a little more than a month to go in Oregon’s 2017 legislative session, it’s budget writing time in Oregon’s State Capitol. The legislature’s first job, above all others, is to pass a balanced state budget for the next two years. That’s a daunting challenge due to this year’s $1.4 billion difference in […]

April 27, 2017

Rooftop to Blacktop ™

By Laurel Hamilton — Solar PV systems and electric cars go together like PB&J. Pair the two and you can both power that hot tub you’ve been feeling guilty about AND your daily trips around town completely with clean energy from the sun! Installing solar panels on your roof to power your electric vehicle (EV) […]


  Solar advocates from around the state converged at the State Capitol on April 17, 2017 to advocate for a six-year extension of the Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC) and property tax exemption for on-site solar. The solar incentives were created in 1977 and 1975, respectively, to promote home energy savings and encourage the alternative […]

March 30, 2017

Oregon Solar Plan Outlines 10-year Solar Blueprint

Earlier this month the Oregon Solar Plan was released by Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association and Green Energy Institute.  The plan provides a long-term vision for solar in Oregon. It outlines the bold goal to achieve 10% of Oregon’s electricity mix from solar by 2027, that’s enough solar to power over 500,000 homes across Oregon.  This plan […]

New 1.02MW Solar Installation in Portland City Limits

In mid-March, Imagine Energy at last completed one of the largest solar installations Portland has yet seen: 1.02 MW on the Montgomery Park commercial complex. The 1920 building, formerly a Montgomery Ward mail-order catalog warehouse, was acquired in the 1980’s and fully renovated into what is now the second largest office building in Oregon. Since […]