Solar power is a fast growing clean energy industry. There are expanding options, streamlined permitting, technological advances, and tax incentives, to name a few, that make solar installation more attractive than ever. This is a great time to go solar. Here is some info and hyperlinks to help you get started.
What solar organizations are local resources?
The NW Solar Expo is a great place to attend for anyone interested in solar to get all of their questions answered. They also have a multitude of workshops. This year’s conference is from April 29-May 3.
Solar Now! is a collaborative between OSD, the Energy Trust, ODOE and Solar Oregon - who got together and decided to move all solar related info into one place.
Solar Oregon is a non-profi t whose goal is to get people jazzed up about solar, offer tours every year of solar houses in the area and workshops throughout the year.
What tax credits or incentives are available?
Tax credits are available for solar projects on the State and Federal level. DSIRE (Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency) is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.
State of Oregon http://www.oregon.gov/ENERGY/RENEW/Solar/PV.shtml
Does Oregon have enough sun for solar energy?
Many are misled to believe that the Pacific Northwest doesn’t have enough sun for effective solar. Germany is the top solar energy producer in the world, and if you’ve ever been to Germany, its NO tropical paradise. Performance Calculator for Grid-Connected PV Systems
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is a great place to keep up with the latest technological innovations in solar and other alternative energy.
What resources/incentives are available at BDS?
- BDS has two program guides for solar ( Solar Water Heating and Photovoltaic Electric Generators Installed on Commercial Buildings and Solar Water Heating and Photovoltaic Electric Generators Installed on One or Two Family Dwellings).
- Streamlined permitting, E-permitting