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Oregon Solar Review - December 2016

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How Oregon Became Top 10 US Solar State


From PBJ - In Oregon, developers installed 84 megawatts of solar in Oregon from July through September 2016, sending the state from 25th to ninth in the nation, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association.


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Solar Financing - Generations Credit Union


Hello, Oregon Solar Installers!

My name’s Bill Paulen, and I am the President and CEO of Generations Credit Union, based in Olympia, Washington. It’s my pleasure to introduce myself and our financial institution to you today. For some of you, this will be a re-introduction, as we met at the ASES SOLAR 2016/Intersolar North America conference this year in San Francisco - easily my favorite conference and trade show of the last several years. Way more fun wandering through 3 stories of cutting edge solar equipment and attending solar presentations than sitting through days of financial institution regulatory compliance talk. So for all of you whom I met a few months ago, nice to “talk” to you again. For everyone else: here’s what Generations is all about…

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Solar Financing - Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union (PSCCU)


At Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union (PSCCU), our members are not only part owners of this financial cooperative, but they also play a role in environmental sustainability, financial security for others, and job creation. We empower our members to do more than they thought they could with their banking relationship.

We have a great respect and commitment for our combined social, economic and environmental convictions and have built, and will continue to build our financial cooperative around these ideals.

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My Solar Story - Brion Wickstrom


I started my solar career in 2004 at Mr. Sun Solar. I had been interested in solar for a long time and was intrigued by the energy independence it had to offer.

I was working random jobs while pursuing the inside electrical apprenticeship program. On the way to my job at the time, as a mover, I drove by Mr. Sun’s office every day. One day without thinking about it I turned my head in the direction of the Mr Sun office and not even sure what Mr. Sun meant, I decided to stop the van and go inside.

I ended up starting my first day of work with Mr. Sun about two weeks later. I showed up for my first day at what was known as the “old shop”, I think it’s now the old old old shop. I was excited to work my first day in solar! I spent the next six months of my solar career replacing a sidewalk, remodeling a bathroom at an apartment connected to the shop and fixing up John’s (Mr. Sun’s owner) house.

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OSEIA Membership Dues


At the December 9th board meeting the OSEIA board approved dues for 2017.

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Apply Now to Business Oregon

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We are pleased to announce that applications for Business Oregon’s Solar Development Incentive (SDI) program are now open. Please visit the program web page for more information about how to apply and direct links to the online application. We highly recommend that you review the SDI Handbook that includes program details and an example of program application.

The application will be open until January 2, 2017, 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time.

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About SDI
The SDI program is a new clean technology program that encourages the development of solar energy projects in Oregon by providing a cash incentive per kWh generated to owners of photovoltaic (PV) energy systems with a nameplate capacity of between two and 10 megawatts (MW) and that anticipate producing electricity within 12 months of applying for the incentive. Qualified projects enrolled in the program can receive a monthly payment of $0.005 per kWh of electricity generated, for a period of five years.

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