Tag Archives: Solar Energy/Power

Farmers object to 3,900-acre Oregon solar project

Critics recently lodged their objections against a 3,900-acre solar facility in southeast Oregon, signaling a new phase in the regulatory battle over the project. The Obsidian Solar Center near Christmas Valley, Ore., is recommended for approval by state regulators but must still pass muster with the Energy Facility Siting Council. Source: Farmers object to 3,900-acre […]
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Guest Column: The ocean is an opportunity for clean energy

RE: Solar and Wind Need to be Allowed to Replace Coal Editorial Solar and wind have dominated the list of new renewables being developed to help transition society away from fossil fuels like coal and natural gas, and Oregon has benefited from the developments to date, including clean, cost effective energy that is safe and […]
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Editorial: Solar and wind need to be allowed to replace coal

The last coal plant operating in Oregon will close by the end of the year. It’s part of a bigger trend. More renewable energy was consumed than coal in the U.S. in 2019 for the first time since 1885. Coal is becoming the past. Oregon’s Boardman Coal Plant has produced nearly half of Portland’s electricity. […]
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Oil Companies Are Collapsing Due to Coronavirus, but Wind and Solar Energy Keep Growing

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Kicking coal, Oregon emerges as a solar and energy storage development hub

Obsidian Renewables LLC recently broke ground on a portion of its planned 400-MW Obsidian Solar Center in Lake County, Ore., with a potential 50-MW flow battery storage system, David Brown, a company co-founder and senior principal, said in an interview. It is the largest solar project under development in Oregon, nearly seven times the capacity […]
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Solar customers would be impacted by Salem Electric’s billing changes

Brent Morace wanted solar power for his West Salem home. Morace is concerned about global warming and his impact on the environment, which is why he wanted solar panels to have his home produce as much energy in a year as his family uses. Source: Solar customers would be impacted by Salem Electric’s billing changes

PGE, Avangrid Renewables announce major solar facility in Oregon

Portland General Electric and Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of Avangrid, Inc., announced an agreement to purchase power from a new 162-megawatt solar generation facility — the largest in Oregon — to be developed and built in Eastern Oregon. Source: PGE, Avangrid Renewables announce major solar facility in Oregon | Business | eastoregonian.com

Thinking about home solar panels? Here’s what you need to know

  Rooftop solar panels sound like a great deal for homeowners: the solar panels produce clean, renewable electricity, add value to your house and free you from electricity rate increases. Like everything, however, home solar systems come with a cost. Source: Thinking about home solar panels? Here’s what you need to know

With More Solar Power In Oregon, Homeowners Get The Bill For Upgrading The Grid

Scott Zollinger was well on his way to building a new barn on his property in Marion County and putting enough solar panels on top of it to offset the cost of electricity for his family’s home. The design plans were drafted. The first payment was made on the solar panels. Zollinger had even applied […]
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On-farm solar grows as farmers see economic rewards — and risks

Farms are starting to see the light as on-farm solar proves to be an important income stream. Steve Pierson switched from raising conventional dairy cows in confinement to grazing the animals on organic pasture for a simple reason: they kept getting sick. Source: On-farm solar grows as farmers see economic rewards — and risks | […]
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