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Solar Forward was a pilot effort led by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to offer Portlanders a way to help fund the development of new, local renewable energy systems.
The pilot resulted in three ten-kilowatt solar electric systems (30 kilowatts total) installed on important community buildings:
Experience gained from this crowdfunding pilot has helped the City inform state public policy that would make it possible for true community-shared solar projects to become reality. One of the attributes of community-shared solar that distinguishes it from other community-based energy programs, like Solar Forward and Solarize, is the return of benefits, in the form of bill credits, to participating customers.
A project of the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland Public Schools and Solar Oregon.
How Solar Forward funded additional solar sites on well-loved community buildings.
Acknowledging the individuals and businesses that are leading the way with financial support for local solar energy.
Video - 3 December 2013