Oregon Solar News

Policy Update- 2.28.17


We're nearly four weeks into Oregon's legislative session and, while it's still too early to read the tea leaves, prospects look hopeful for OSEIA's major policy priorities this session. The House Environment and Natural Resources Committee tentatively scheduled a mid-March hearing for two OSEIA priorities—extending the Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC) and extending the property tax exemption for solar. To prepare, OSEIA's executive director, Jeff Bissonnette, spent part of last week in Salem. He heard good feedback in a round of lobby meetings with legislative leadership and with every member of the environment committee.

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Oregon Solar Review - February 2017


Click here to read February 2017 Oregon Solar Review

My Solar Story - Lori Bokovoy


My path to the solar industry was kind of a long courtship: Unsure of what I wanted to do, I kept looking into solar every few years until I eventually decided to take the plunge and go for a solar career.

My first exposure to solar was a solar engineering class I took at Portland State University in 2006 as part of my master’s degree in mechanical engineering. I loved the class and wanted to take another, but this was the only solar class they offered. I graduated from PSU later that year and didn’t think much about solar until 2009, when I decided to take John Patterson’s Solar Installer Series class.
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Oregon’s Solar Industry Hosts Largest Member Meeting Ever


Over 100 attendees representing over 55 businesses display the vibrancy of this industry. This year OSEIA is telling a different story than they have told in the past. Solar is growing in Oregon, and growing quickly. The industry has never been as cohesive as it is today. “I was completely stunned,” noted Craig Ernst, OSEIA’s development director. “We have never seen this type of participation. We had over 11 folks running for 5 open board seats. I barely recognized half of the attendees. We are onto something!”

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​OSEIA 2017 Board of Director Candidates


There are 11 people who have declared their desire to run for the board and whose eligibility has been confirmed for the upcoming 2017 board election. Incumbent board members running for re-election are designated by an (i).

  • Nick Armstrong - SolarCity (i)
  • Kaitlin Borstelmann - CED Greentech (i)
  • Jason Carr - Cypress Creek Renewables
  • Casey Dilloway - A&R Solar
  • Eric Hansen - TrueSouth Solar (i)
  • Zach Kissel - Auric Solar
  • Suzanne Leta Liou - Sunpower
  • Evan Ramsey - Bonneville Environmental Foundation
  • James Reismiller - Abundant Solar
  • Jerry Samaniego - Solar Energy Design
  • Sarah Wilder - SolarWorld

Voting will be at the OSEIA Member Meeting on February 24. Anyone who is not able to attend on Feb. 24 should contact Jeff Bissonnette at jeff [at] oseia.org to get and submit an early ballot. Click Read More below for candidate bios.

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