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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.

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Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Bill passes House and Senate

This afternoon, the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Bill (SB 1547) passed the Oregon State Senate. This vote followed that of the House of Representatives, which passed the bill with bipartisan support yesterday morning. The bill now heads to the desk of Governor Kate Brown who is expected to sign it into law.

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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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Solar on Superstores

Solar energy is expanding rapidly across the United States – increasing more than 100-fold over the past decade. But, there are still many untapped opportunities to harness the nation’s nearly limitless solar potential. The United States has the technical potential to produce more than 100 times as much electricity from solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) installations as the nation consumes each year. Given our abundant solar resources, America must take advantage of untapped opportunities to install solar technologies – like using rooftops of large superstores and “big box” retail stores as hosts for clean electricity generation.

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New report shows why “big box” retailers should go solar

Retail giants across the United States are increasingly meeting their electricity needs with the power of the sun. A new report released by statewide Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center highlights companies that have already made strong solar commitments, and shines a light on the potential energy savings and emissions reductions if all superstores followed suit. 

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Municipal Solar Factsheet

Solar power is on the rise – nationally, installed solar capacity grew by 30% in 2014 alone. Environment Oregon is currently working to pass five-year solar installation targets in five cities (Eugene, Ashland, Corvallis, Lake Oswego, and Milwaukie) and the commensurate policies to aid in meeting these targets. So far, over 90 local businesses and hundreds of local residents have endorsed bold solar targets in their cities.

Solar targets proposed by Environment Oregon represent a combined 245% increase in solar power in the cities over five years, or the equivalent of more than 3,000 residential solar rooftops (city-specific data below). If Oregon increased installed solar capacity at the same rate, it would be the equivalent of 28,000 new solar rooftops statewide in the next five years.

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Lighting the Way

Solar energy is booming. In just the last three years, America’s solar photovoltaic capacity tripled. In 2014, a third of the United States’ new installed electric capacity came from solar power. And in three states – California, Hawaii, and Arizona – solar power now generates more than 5 percent of total electricity consumption.

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Shining Rewards

A review of 11 recent analyses shows that individuals and businesses that decide to “go solar” generally deliver greater benefits to the grid and society than they receive through net metering.

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As Oregon PUC investigates “Value of Solar,” report shows solar’s benefits

Households and businesses with solar panels deliver greater benefits than they receive through programs like net metering, a report said today, countering increasing complaints from utilities that solar homeowners don’t pay their fair share.

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