With the help of a grant received by Clackamas County and its partners, grassroots organizers of Growing Solar Clackamas County are offering a series of free public workshops on how solar works and financing options. The community-led program provides a time-limited group purchase option to install Oregon-made solar systems.
According to Eben Polk from the Clackamas County Office of Sustainability, "This offers County residents and property owners the chance to go solar with pre-selected contractors, an affordable group cost and opportunities to learn more about solar. People can sign up to participate through April 15."
The program includes financing options for leasing or purchasing solar systems and site surveys to qualify homes and other buildings. Contractors are offering additional ‘early-bird’ discounts for residents who sign a contract by February 29.
One-hour workshops will be held around the county through mid-April. Workshop information is at www.growingsolar.org. Currently-scheduled dates in February are:
- Feb. 1, 6 p.m., Beavercreek Telco, 15223 S. Henrici Rd., Oregon City
- Feb. 7, 6 p.m., Estacada City Library, 825 NE Wade St., Estacada
- Feb. 9, 6 p.m., Wilsonville Library, 8200 Southwest Wilsonville Road, Wilsonville
- Feb. 12, 1 p.m., Umpqua Bank Branch, 12550 SE 93rd Ave., Ste. 100, Clackamas
- Feb. 15, 6 p.m., Clackamas Events Center 4-H Exhibit Hall, 694 NE 4th Ave., Canby www.growingsolar.com. (Lake Oswego and West Linn residents should contact Solarize West Linn & Lake Oswego, a similar initiative, at www.solarizewl-lo.com.)
Growing Solar Clackamas County is guided by a Steering Committee of county residents. The Committee vetted Oregon contractors (LiveLight Energy, Beaverton and Sunlight Solar, Oregon City) for all design and installation. The contractors will use Hillsboro-based SolarWorld modules in photovoltaic installations and other system components from other Oregon manufacturers.
The Steering Committee hopes to extend solar to rural areas where solarized out-buildings, barns and ground-mount PV and hot water systems are possible. Project Coordinator Kathy Phillips said, "These systems can pay for themselves very quickly, and provide 20-plus years of free energy.
Growing Solar is supported by the Clackamas County Office of Sustainability and the Oregon State University Extension Service and 4-H Program. To learn more or request a site assessment, visit
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