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Hacienda CDC named as next Solar Forward site; new report by Environment Oregon ranks Portland in top 20 for solar installations

BPS News release, April 10, 2014

For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 10, 2014

Contact:
Charlie Fisher, Environment Oregon
(971) 266-2511, charlie@environmentoregon.org

Christine Llobregat, City of Portland, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
(503) 823-7616, christine.llobregat@portlandoregon.gov

Hacienda CDC named as next Solar Forard site; new report by Environment Oregon Research and Policy Center ranks Portland in the top 20 for solar installations

Portland – Today, Environment Oregon was joined by Hacienda Community Development Corporation (CDC) and the City of Portland to release a new report: 

Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution.”

solar forward press event

Portland’s efforts to engage different communities in solar energy, through programs like Solarize Portland and Solar Forward, has helped propel Portland into the top 20 of major cities for the amount of solar installed, according to the new Environment Oregon Research and Policy Center report, which provides a first-of-its-kind comparative look at the growth of solar in major American cities.

“As a pollution-free energy source with no fuel costs, solar energy is an important part of the City’s overall strategy to protect the climate and reduce carbon emissions,” said Mayor Charlie Hales. “The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has helped demonstrate what’s possible at the local level with great programs like Solarize Portland and Solar Forward, but there’s much more to be done.”

The top 20 solar cities in this report have more solar power within their city limits than was installed in the entire U.S. just five years ago.  Through installation of approximately 2,000 systems by businesses and residents, Portland has seen its local solar electric capacity grow from under 4 MW to over 15 MW in the past five years. BPS’s online Solar Map offers a dynamic way to view the growth and locations of residential and commercial solar installations throughout the metro area over the past decade.

Solar Forward advances
Today, Hacienda CDC was named as the next solar installation site for Portland’s Solar Forward project. Solar Forward is crowd-sourcing initiative that offers Portlanders a way to support the development of new, clean, local renewable energy. The roof of Hacienda’s new futsal court, part of the Ortiz Center, will soon host a 10 kilowatt solar photovoltaic array.

“Hacienda has long believed that environmental amenities should be available to Portlanders of all income levels,” said Victor Merced, executive director, Hacienda Community Development Corporation.  “We are excited for the opportunity to build on our commitment to green building in Cully with the addition of this partnership with Solar Forward.”

Report highlights benefits and smart solar strategies for cities
As the cost of solar drops, there is a growing awareness of solar power as a mainstream energy solution with widespread benefits for our health, our economy and the environment.  

The report highlighted the benefits of solar energy, including: 

Solar energy avoids pollution—Pollution-free energy from the sun reduces air pollution that contributes to urban smog and climate change.  It also helps save the massive amount of water that’s normally consumed during the cooling of fossil-fuel-burning power plants.  

Solar energy protects consumers— Since solar has no fuel costs, it can serve as a hedge against the rising cost of fossil fuels.

Solar energy helps the economy— Oregon has 2,900 solar jobs in installation, manufacturing, and maintenance. 

The report pointed to policies and programs that encourage investment in solar PV installations, which have been adopted by local leaders in solar cities:

  • City leaders can set ambitious and achievable goals and citizens and businesses can work with local governments to meet them. Cities can lead by example by installing solar on public facilities such as community centers, fire stations and pumping stations.
  • Cities can also run solar bulk-purchasing programs, modeled after BPS’s innovative “Solarize” program, which relied upon neighbor-to-neighbor outreach campaigns to help organize bulk purchases of solar panels that saved money on installation costs.
  • City leaders can work with state governments to ensure that they have strong policies to expand solar, including renewable energy standards with distinct goals for solar deployment,  feed-in tariffs, net metering and community solar programs.

“The sky’s the limit on solar energy.  Portland is a shining example of solar leadership,” said Charlie Fisher, Field Organizer with Environment Oregon, “But, we’ve barely scratched the surface of the potential to capture this pollution-free energy source.   By committing to bold goals and expanding on the good policies we’ve adopted, we can take solar to the next level.” 

To view the report, visit http://environmentoregoncenter.org/reports/orc/shining-cities

Help Solar Forward build more solar in Cully! Donate at bit.ly/supportsolar.

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Environment Oregon is a state-based, citizen-funded, environmental organizations working toward a cleaner, greener, healthier future. www.environmentoregon.org

Hacienda CDC is a Latino community development corporation that strengthens families by providing affordable housing, homeownership support, economic advancement and educational opportunities.

City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) provides: Citywide strategic and comprehensive land use planning; neighborhood, district, economic, historic and environmental research, planning and urban design; policy and services to advance energy efficiency, green building, waste reduction, composting and recycling, solar and renewable energy use, and local sustainable food production; as well as actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. www.portlandoregon.gov/bps

Solar Forward, a program of BPS, offers community members a new way to support clean, local renewable energy systems on public buildings like community centers, schools and libraries. Community solar offers an opportunity for people to support solar installations that benefit the community.

 

SE Quadrant Plan SAC Discusses Potential Land Use Patterns for the Southern Triangle

Advisory committee to discuss new OMSI and Clinton Station Areas as well as surrounding land on April 3rd

The Southern Triangle's locationThe Southern Triangle of the SE Quadrant is enclosed by the Union Pacific rail line to the north and east, SE Powell Blvd to the south and the Willamette River to the west. During a recent visit by the Urban Land Institute Rose Fellows, the area’s unique combination of large blocks, new transit infrastructure and close proximity to downtown and the South Waterfront were highlighted as opportunities for new development in addition to existing cultural attractions, such as OMSI and the Oregon Rail Heritage Center. The Stakeholder Advisory Committee will discuss potential land use patterns for this area and will suggest to staff the types of analysis to include in the land use scenarios.

Project staff will also present an update on market feasibility analyses of selected strategic sites, and there will be an update on the activities of the Transportation Working Group (TWG) at their first two meetings in February and March.

See the meeting packet for a more detailed agenda.

Upcoming Meetings

SAC Meeting #5

Thursday, April 3, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Eastside Exchange – Cascade Energy Meeting Room
123 NE 3rd Ave (3rd Floor) – Directions

TWG Meeting #3

Thursday, April 24, 6 - 8:00 p.m.
ADX Portland
417 SE 11th Ave

SAC Meeting #6

Thursday, May 8, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Eastside Exchange – Cascade Energy Meeting Room
123 NE 3rd Ave (3rd Floor) – Directions

All SAC meetings are open to the public and will include public comment periods. Meeting packets are posted approximately one week before meetings in the SAC Documents

Next Steps for Comprehensive Plan Update

Milestones and events include more opportunities to learn and testify to the Planning and Sustainability Commission and City Council

Portland’s Comprehensive Plan has been guiding the city’s growth and development for more than 30 years. City planners have been working hard to update this long-range plan to ensure the community is prepared to manage expected population and employment growth over the next 25 years.

CPU timelineSomething this important requires robust community participation and plenty of opportunities for all Portlanders’ voices to be heard. Over the past couple of years, City staff have been soliciting public feedback at neighborhood association meetings, open houses, workshops, summer tabling events, community meetings and other events. Public comments have also been received through online surveys and the Map App as well as comment cards, letters and emails.

As we move into the final phases of the project, public input will now be considered through the legislative process — in the form of testimony given at Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) and City Council hearings.

See the timeline and process chart for the remaining phases of the project.

Currently, staff are busy preparing the Proposed Plan, incorporating feedback gathered in the latter half of 2013, which is summarized in the What We Heard memo). The Proposed Plan will be released in July, and Portlanders will be able to submit testimony to the PSC at public hearings held throughout the city, beginning in late September. There will be informational open houses scheduled in July and in early September. After considering public testimony, the PSC will forward a Recommended Plan to City Council for consideration in early 2015.

Included in the Comprehensive Plan update process, some Early Implementation projects have begun. These projects represent the last phase of the state-mandated periodic review work plan. Technical experts and dedicated volunteers have been forming committees to discuss revisions to the zoning code, oversee community involvement processes, refine the Transportation Systems Plan, and more.  The July and September 2014 open houses will include information about Early Implementation projects. Additional outreach for these projects will occur in early 2015, before the PSC and City Council hold hearings on those projects.

Stay tuned for announcements of specific open house dates, as well as information about how you can submit formal testimony to the PSC and City Council. 

Curbside Collection Tip #2: Right-size your garbage container

You have options! Garbage collection service is offered in a variety of sizes or pickup frequencies to fit your household.

35, 60 and 90 gallon garbage containers

If your garbage container is often full or close to the weight limit, consider a larger size for an additional $5-7 per month. If it’s half or three-quarters full, consider a smaller size or less frequent pick-up and save on your monthly bill.

Container sizes

Garbage roll cart size options and weight limits are:

  • 20 gallon: 60 pounds (not pictured above)
  • 35 gallon: 85 pounds
  • 60 gallon: 135 pounds
  • 90 gallon: 175 pounds

Collection frequency

Standard service includes every other week garbage pickup, along with weekly pickup of recycling and compost.

You can choose to decrease garbage service to every four weeks, or sign up for on-call garbage collection. Both of these options still include weekly pickup of recycling and compost. (Note: the 20 gallon container is not available for every four week collection.)

If you occasionally have extra garbage, you may set out an extra bag or can of garbage on your collection day for a $5 fee. Extra garbage must be 32 gallons or smaller and weigh 55 lbs. or less.

Read more about preparing your garbage or contact your garbage and recycling company to make changes to your service level. 

Note: Renters in a single family house and smallplex (2-4 units) should contact the landlord to request service changes. 

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Sign up for weekly email reminders at www.garbagedayreminders.com.

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Submit your question online or call 503-823-7202.

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