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Oregon’s new Community Solar Program focus of Environmental Center talk

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- While the costs to install solar on homes and businesses has steadily become more affordable, many still haven’t been able to take advantage of producing clean energy and saving money on their utility bills.

Community solar is a new opportunity that brings more equal access to the environmental and economic benefits of solar. With projects breaking ground this year, now is the time to learn how Central Oregonians can get involved in this new program. 

At The Environmental Center’s next Power Hour, on Tuesday, Feb. 23rd, you can learn more about Oregon’s Community Solar program and how you can support and benefit from solar projects in Oregon without installing solar panels on your own roof.

Through Oregon’s Community Solar Program, you can subscribe to off-site solar projects that are producing clean energy right here in Oregon and get the benefit of your portion of the project your Pacific Power utility bill, regardless of whether you rent or own, or live in an apartment of single family home.

“If you’ve been interested in producing clean, solar energy but have been left out because you can’t afford the up-front cost, don’t get enough sunshine on your roof, or don’t own your home, then this program is for you!” says Lindsey Hardy, program director of The Energy Challenge.

Another benefit of the Oregon Community Solar Program is that income-eligible households can save up to 20% off the cost of their electricity. 

Featured speakers at this event will include Carly Sellers, program manager at Oregon Shines, a subscriber acquisition and management company working to connect Oregonians to community solar projects, and Sherrie Villmark, a Program Director at  Community Energy Project, the low income facilitator of the program. 

This Power Hour about Community Solar will take place on Tuesday, February 23rd at 5 p.m. and will take place virtually via Zoom. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Attendees can register online or from the link found on the home page of Spanish interpretation will be provided and a recording of the event will be made available.

This Power Hour event is part of an educational series, launched by The Energy Challenge that will take a deep-dive into various energy-related topics every other month. The events are meant to help ignite new conversations in the community and lots of questions are encouraged!

The Energy Challenge is a project of The Environmental Center and works to bridge the gap between resources and action that will reduce the amount of energy Central Oregon uses and increase the amount of home-grown renewable energy produced right here in Oregon.

Community / Environment

KTVZ News Team


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