News Release | Environment Oregon

Milwaukie Council Votes Unanimously to Triple Solar Energy

Milwaukie, OR- In a 5-0, the Milwaukie City Council voted last night to set a goal of tripling installed-solar capacity within the city by 2021 and to run a “Solarize” program, intended to streamline the process of “going solar” and bring down the upfront cost for customers. Tripling installed solar in Milwaukie would mean increasing total installed solar capacity from approximately 730 kW to 2.2 MW, the equivalent installing nearly 300 new residential solar rooftops. 

News Release | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

Portland ranks 18th for solar power in nation

Portland has more solar panels than most major American cities, ranking 18th among dozens of metropolitan areas analyzed in a new report. The Rose City’s place, just behind Newark and ahead of Boston, was owed largely to the city’s early pioneering of “Solarize” programs and strong leadership from Mayor Charlie Hales, advocates said today.

News Release | Environment Oregon

Solar Power is Brewing in Lincoln County

The Central Oregon Coast is not a place many people immediately associate with solar energy. But statewide environmental advocacy group Environment Oregon thinks it should be. Last night they held a Solar Power Happy Hour to bring state legislators, local elected officials and community members together to discuss an ongoing effort to bring more solar power to Lincoln County. 

News Release | Environment Oregon

Corvallis City Council votes to support local solar energy

Corvallis, OR – Last night, the Corvallis City Council voted to provide $100,000 in low-interest loans to Seeds for the Sol, a local organization that helps people afford the upfront cost of installing solar panels. Since its inception, Seeds for the Sol has provided help to 45 households in going solar. Loans provided by City Council to the organization will help support and estimated 25-30 new roof-top solar systems.

News Release | Environment Oregon

Second clean energy bill passes Senate today

Following the heated floor debate and passage of the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Bill (SB 1547) in the Oregon State Senate today, another bill aimed at clean energy projects passed the Senate with strong bipartisan support. HB 4037 passed the Oregon State Senate today 22-6 (2 excused), carried by Sen. Bill Hansell (R – 29). The bill now heads to the desk of Governor Kate Brown who is expected to sign it into law. In response, Environment Oregon State Director Rikki Seguin released the following statement.

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