One of the country's largest solar installers, California-based REC Solar, has opened its first Oregon location in Portland.
REC joins a "stampede" of out-of state companies specializing in the design and installation of solar electric systems that have moved to Oregon in the past year, Brian Thornton, commercial solar manager for the EnergyTrust of Oregon, said.
"The number of licensed installers in Oregon has about doubled since last year," Thornton said. The EnergyTrust now lists 80 licensed solar installers qualified to work on its solar projects.
REC has already installed solar systems for large Oregon customers, including Costco Wholesale Corp. The company is setting up a permanent residence in the state to take better advantage of Oregon's Business Energy Tax Credit and the state's "progressive" attitude toward renewable energy development, said Angiolo Laviziano, CEO of REC Solar, which is headquartered in San Luis Obispo. [Read full article]
By Libby Tucker - March 7, 2008
Daily Journal of Commerce - DJC