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Oregon Solar Review - March 2017

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First Hearings Held for RETC and Property Tax Exemption Extension


We’ve been talking about extending the Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC) and the property tax exemption for a long time. But yesterday (Wednesday, March 29) we had the first hearing to start the process.

For an hour and a half, solar installers, energy efficiency advocates, labor representatives and economic development workers told the members of the Oregon House Energy and Environment Committee about the benefits of the RETC and the property tax exemption (but mostly RETC) – for consumers, for businesses and for Oregon.

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New 1.02 MW Project in Portland City Limits


In mid-March, Imagine Energy at last completed one of the largest solar installations Portland has yet seen: 1.02 MW on the Montgomery Park commercial complex. The 1920 building, formerly a Montgomery Ward mail-order catalog warehouse, was acquired in the 1980’s and fully renovated into what is now the second largest office building in Oregon. Since then its owner, Bill Naito Co., has transformed the historic building through a host of upgrades and retrofits into one of the most sustainable commercial buildings in the United States. Its latest addition, the 1.02 MW solar array, will produce more than 30% of the buildings' energy needs and likely increase its already impressive current Energy Star Rating of 95 to 98, indicating energy efficiency greater than 98% of US commercial buildings.

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OSEIA 2017 Bill Tracker


Track 2017 Bills Important to OSEIA:

HB 2681 - RETC: Residential Energy Tax Credit Extension

HB 3227 - Creates a taxpayer incentive for community solar subscribers

HB 2760 - Extends sunset for property tax exemption for alternative energy systems

HB3242 - Residential property assessed clean energy (PACE) programs

HB 3050 - Relating to solar photovoltaic power generation facilities - Dead.

SB 339 - Clarifying the Small-Scale Renewable Mandate in the Increased Renewable Energy Standard

SB 979 - Renewable Energy Direct Access - Dead.

Join our legislative rapid response team, we need your help!

Thriving Company Culture through the Eyes of a PV Installer


This article is part of an ongoing series of interviews for my exclusive column on Thriving Culture. The intention of this series is to give you, as a reader, a sense of where and how culture is thriving in the solar industry, and how you might begin to strengthen company culture in your own company or place of business. I conducted this interview with Anthoney Robinson, PV Installer and Energy Consultant at Elemental Energy, which currently employs 15 solar team members with 2 solar install teams.

Tamara: How would you describe your path to becoming an installer at Elemental Energy?

Anthoney: I was in the Marine Corps right after high school. I didn't particularly enjoy that too much, but I did learn that I like manual labor. I can't sit behind a desk – it’s something that I just can't wrap my head around...

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Another 115MW Coming to Oregon


New Oregon Solar Energy Development Program Enrolls First Round of Projects. The 15 projects selected to date represent 116MW of the total 150MW capacity.

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Solar Trade Group Releases Blueprint for Oregon’s Solar Future


Oregon’s electricity could be 10 percent solar by 2027 by installing enough solar capacity to power 500,000 homes.

The Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association (OSEIA), Oregon’s solar trade association, today released its Oregon Solar Plan, which outlines a blueprint for the next 10 years of the state’s energy future. The plan, a collaboration between OSEIA and Lewis and Clark Law School’s Green Energy Institute, finds that solar can provide 10 percent of Oregon’s electricity needs by 2027 by installing enough solar capacity to power the equivalent of 500,000 Oregon homes.

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RETC Update- 3.17.17


A quick update on the RETC; Oregon’s Residential Energy Tax Credit —> a great program driving solar in Oregon for many years!

  1. The RETC program is scheduled to sunset on December 31, 2017
  2. OSEIA is pushing for a 6 year extension of the RETC
  3. It has been assigned a bill number: HB2681
  4. You can track some of the details here.

Generations Credit Union Offers Financing for Solar in Oregon


Hello, Oregon Solar Installers!

My name's Bill Paulen, and I am the President and CEO of Generations Credit Union. It's my pleasure to introduce our financial institution to you. I met many of you at the recent 2017 OSEIA member meeting, and many more at the 2016 ASES/Intersolar conference in San Francisco. That was easily my favorite conference of the last several years... Way more fun checking out cutting edge solar equipment and listening to solar presentations than sitting through days of financial institution regulatory compliance topics.

Several years ago, Washington installations skyrocketed when competitive solar financing became available, and Generations is proud to have been a part of that. Our mission now is to make the experience of borrowing for a solar PV system as easy as getting a car loan. We’ve deployed state of the art mobile loan application tools that allow borrowers to apply from their cell phones in less than 5 minutes. We will equip your salespeople with tools to allow them to concentrate on selling solar PV systems, not trying to wade through the financing process. And we will keep you, the leaders of this effort, informed of our progress as we work together to provide a frictionless, EASY process for consumers to invest in solar...

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