News Release | Environment Oregon

Statewide coalition calls on legislature to support solar

Portland, Oregon- A coalition of over 140 businesses, mayors, city councilors, and county commissioners called on state legislators Tuesday morning to support pro-solar legislation this session that supporters say would increase the amount of solar energy Oregon gets by ten-fold in the next decade.  The coalition, announced at a press conference on the “green roof” of solar company SolTerra Systems, includes notable businesses Tofurky and Keen, as well as the mayors of Bend, Newport, Corvallis, Hood River, Yachats, Toledo City, and Eugene.

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10 Ways to Help Your City Go Solar

Last month's Shining Cities report detailed how cities are good for solar and solar is good for cities. We've seen some impressive strides across the nation to momentously expand our solar capabilities. But we're not where we need to be yet. To obtain a clean energy future your cities and towns need to do even more. Here's how to push them in the right direction! 

Take the 1st step by signing a letter to your decision makers here! 

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Climate activists back solar energy bills

Solar power backers are asking support for a slate of state House bills, including a Residential Energy Tax Credit they consider likely to pass. That measure, House Bill 2447, is a state tax credit that pays half the cost of rooftop solar panels. It would extend to 2022 the installation costs, which are due to expire in 2018. Leading a small solar conclave Friday at the Ashland public library, Charlie Fisher, an “advocate” for the statewide Environment Oregon nonprofit group, said the state gets a “bad” rating for solar use now — only two-tenths of one percent of energy.

His organization and others have the goal of 10 percent by 2025. To do this, he said, it would take a quarter million rooftop solar units, but this is possible, as solar corporations are now the fastest-growing type of corporation in America 

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Shining Cities

The use of solar power is expanding rapidly across the United States. By the end of 2014, the United States had 20,500 megawatts (MW) of cumulative solar electric capacity, enough to power four million average U.S. homes. This success is the outcome of federal, state and local programs that are working in concert to make solar power accessible to more Americans, thereby cleaning our air, protecting our health, and hedging against volatile electricity prices.

News Release | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

Portland among nation’s solar leaders

Portland has more solar panels than most major American cities, ranking 18th among dozens of metropolitan areas that were analyzed in a new report. Portland’s spot in the top 20 was owed primarily in part to programs like Solarize Portland and Solar Forward, according to the new Environment Oregon Research and Policy Center report, which provides a comparative look at the growth of solar in major American cities.

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Stakeholders Celebrate Solar Power Advances at State Capitol

Today, environmental groups, small businesses, and clean energy advocates held an all-day event in the Oregon State Capitol during the State Legislature’s January Legislative Days to highlight the advances in solar technology and to celebrate the exciting future of solar power in Oregon. The 2015 Legislative Session begins on February 2nd, and several bills related to solar power have already been filed. 

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Experts: Oregon has more potential

Oregon now ranks 11th in the nation with 2,900 solar jobs, according to the Solar Foundation. It ranks 15th in both total solar capacity and the number of homes powered by solar, with 6,775. But industry officials say there’s plenty of room for improvement across the country but especially in Oregon. 

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Go Solar, Oregon

We held an all-day event to highlight the advances in solar technology and to celebrate the exciting future of solar power in Oregon.

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Oregon passes historic clean energy bill

Today is a historic day for Oregon – 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. Our lawmakers have stepped up to the plate and put Oregon on a plan to shift away from fossil fuels and tap into the power of the wind and sun. This is a significant victory for Oregon’s environment, and for the health of our planet.

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Corvallis City Council votes to support local solar energy

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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