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Oregon Solar Review - August 2016

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Local Women's Group Teaches Solar to Youth


Portland Oregon Women in Renewables (POWER) (IG: @powerportland) is a local professional group comprised of over 50 members. As a mentoring project this summer POWER volunteered to help strengthen and diversify the next generation of our workforce and to build confidence in young girls by orchestrating three Solar Summer Camps.

Over the three summer camps, 96 girls (ages 8 to 16), actively engaged in solar education activities. They learned how solar cells and electrical circuits work, installed racking and solar panels on a training roof, and soldered and designed their own solar USB chargers to take home. Through the summer camps, the girls received strong messaging that renewables, engineering and the trades are open paths to success for them to explore.

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Policy Update: The Busy is About to Get Busier

There was a time when the “dog days of summer” really did mean ”a period marked by lethargy, inactivity, or indolence.” But the summer of 2016 was marked by anything but inactivity on the policy front. And it’s about to get busier.

Summary:

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My Solar Story- Craig Ernst


Bright Beginnings (part 1 of 3) - Like many of us employed in the solar industry in Oregon my first job in solar began with John Patterson in 2007. I had spent the previous year obsessed with solar technology and as a hobby read about it every night. I remember showing up at Milwaukie High School for “Career Day” in 2006, with solar garden lights, claiming to be a solar specialist. The previous year, 2005, I presented as a video editor; but since that is not what I wanted to do with my life I chose to make something up: “fake it till you make it.” is a real thing.

By 2007 I was convinced, whether it made financial sense or not, that I would install solar on my house. I invited Mr. Sun Solar himself to come to my house and I immediately drank the koolaid. “I can heat my water with a system developed and manufactured right here in Oregon?” SOLD!!! But first.... I convinced John to pay me $200 to help install the system and thus I spent two days cleaning the ends of copper pipes and hauling equipment all over the place, my first job in solar. Brion Wickstrom was there, he showed up with long hair and a fully dialed, custom made truck- it was tremendous.

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Oregon's energy department joins critics ripping PUC report that would shrink solar incentives


The Oregon Department of Energy has joined renewable energy advocates in slamming a draft Public Utility Commission report that recommends significant changes to two major solar incentives – but the report did find a pair of supporters: Portland General Electric and PacifiCorp.

In its draft report to the legislature, the commission characterized the Oregon solar industry as “robust” and nearly ready to thrive with reduced support from utility ratepayers.

The Department of Energy, in comments filed Wednesday with the PUC, painted a different picture.

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OSEIA Comments on First Draft Solar Report, UM 1758


10 August 2016

Via Electronic Filing

Public Utilities Commission of Oregon Attn: Filing Center

PUC.FilingCenter@state.or.us

Re: In the Matter of PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION OF OREGON,
Report to the Legislature on Incentives for Development and use of Solar Photovoltaic Energy Systems. Open via House Bill 2941.
Docket No. UM 1758

Dear Filing Center:

Enclosed for filing in the above-referenced docket is the Oregon Solar Energy Industries (OSEIA)’s Written Comments in Response to the First Draft Solar Report. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Sincerely,

Jeff Bissonnette

Full comment report here.

Solar Industry Remains Critical of PUC Draft Solar Report


Oregon’s solar trade association filed comments today leveling serious criticisms in the state Public Utility Commission (PUC) proceeding that is developing a report on solar incentives for the legislature.

The Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association (OSEIA) said that it “regrets that the process has been significantly below the Commission’s usual standard of excellent public process and the draft product reflects that poor process.”

“Frankly, I was shocked at both the quality and the content of the draft report,” exclaimed Jeff Bissonnette, OSEIA’s executive director. “This is not what we’re accustomed to seeing from the PUC. Instead of thoughtful analysis that moves the conversation forward, we got a draft report full of unsubstantiated assumptions and wild guesses at the future of solar in Oregon.”

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OSEIA Slams PUC’s Draft Solar Report


In 2015, the Oregon legislature passed a bill instructing the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) to produce a report that evaluated various solar incentives. The PUC opened a docket (UM 1758) as the process to produce that report. A draft report came out late last week and, sadly, the draft reflects the process that produced it: poorly thought out with questionable conclusions. Because of this, the solar industry is pushing back hard.

OSEIA released a statement about the process leading to the draft report, comparing it to “a student who procrastinated on a school assignment.” That statement can be found here. If you want to read the draft report itself, you can find it here.

OSEIA staff has reviewed the draft several times and will submit comments by next week in accordance with the docket schedule. Those comments will make several key points:

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OSEIA Welcomes New Member: Oregon Energy Green


OSEIA is pleased to welcome back Buzz Thielemann, now President of Oregon Energy Green. Oregon Energy Green provides renewable project management, utility services, energy consulting, infrared analysis and energy audits in Oregon and California.


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