The City of Portland Clean Energy program leverages strong partnership relationships with expert staff to deliver technical advice, outreach and marketing support to a variety of energy programs. Partnerships with the United States Department of Energy have been instrumental to the success of many of our energy projects.
In April 2010 the City of Portland was awarded a $20 million competitive grant from the US Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Neighborhood program, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Under this award Clean Energy Works Oregon [link to 1.1 CEWO] will finance and deliver 6,000 energy efficiency building retrofits and create 1,300 quality jobs over the next three years.
In October 2009 the City of Portland was awarded $5.6 million under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program. Under this award the City will execute fourteen energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, ranging from window and lighting replacements to technical assistance to financing home energy retrofits under the Clean Energy Works Portland pilot.
In 2007, the City of Portland received a Solar America Cities Award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Solar America Initiative: Solar Market Transformation for Solar City Strategy Partnerships” fund. A total of $2.5 million was awarded to the 13 cities.
The City’s two-year, $200,000 grant from 2007-2009 helped Portland to facilitate the widespread adoption of solar technology by citizens and businesses. The funds were used to educate the public about the viability of solar in rainy and cloudy climates, build demand for solar technology, and increase economic opportunity for solar manufacturers and installers.
In 2009, BPS received its second U.S. DOE grant award to increase the number of residents in Portland that use solar energy to power their homes over a two year period. Portland was one of 16 U.S. cities to receive a grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for Solar America Cities Special Projects. A total of $10 million was awarded to the 16 cities to address specific barriers to solar adoption in urban settings and support innovative approaches that can be widely replicated.
The two year grant award for $400,000 facilitated the continued partnership with U.S. DOE and the City of Portland to execute the Neighborhood Solar Initiative — a complementary suite of neighborhood-focused activities and programs designed to lower the barriers to solar installations for residents. The initiative builds on the wealth of social capital and civic infrastructure in the City of Portland's nationally recognized neighborhood system and couples it with powerful new tools for financing solar energy systems emerging in Oregon.
The City of Portland and the State of Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) have partnered for many years to develop and implement programs like Solar Now! and Clean Energy Works Oregon. ODOE also gave early support to BPS' efforts to pilot community solar projects.