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Last year a rule was passed (SB 1547) that allows Community Solar in Oregon,  meaning people of ALL housing types can take part in the solar movement! If you owned no roof at all, you could still own part of a solar installation and get discounts on your power bill each month. The law also stated that 10% of what’s generated must benefit low-income households.

For the last year, thanks to funding from Bonneville Environmental Foundation, we have been advisors to the Public Utility Commission in their rule-making process to help ensure that the new low-income program would be accessible and relevant to the people we serve.

To stay informed ourselves, we talked with with 87 of our participants, asking their opinions about issues surrounding solar, climate change, green jobs, affordable electricity, and more.
Read the Results here in PDF form!


  1. Hi.
    I’m interested in solar. Anything that will be sustainable.
    Even improvements.
    I’m caring for my elderly mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s here in our home.
    Please contact me

  2. It is nice that you do so much for the renters ! That also gives the property owner a boost in his pocket but what about the little old lady that can just barely afford food ,taxes ,and a car that just barely runs .

    • Hi Rick!

      We’ve been working very hard to help our most vulnerable community members (seniors, people with disabilities among them) get access to long-term bill-savings. Stay tuned and we will have more updates on this soon!

    • Hi Linda,
      What we hope to see as a result of this legislation is just that! For people to take part in solar regardless of what kind of home you live in! Stay tuned – after January we will be making more announcements about how to get involved as a stakeholder as the program is designed.

  3. Solar and wind are viable sources of energy but their biggest hold up is not the technology itself but the ability to store the excess energy for use at times when the sources are not producing the energy. For solar this would be at night when the panels are not producing and for wind, it would be during the day. Battery technology is advanced enough to handle these needs but the production of these batteries has not caught up with the rest of the industry.

    • Hi Nelle,

      While we won’t be involved with battery storage – your concerns are definitely on the radar of many others who want to see solar used as a way to be resilient in the face of natural disasters (such as earthquakes) that could knock out power for a long period of time. We’re very excited to see what kind of projects will come out next year!

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