Excellent motivation to jump on your energy-saving to do list before the end of the year Almost forty years ago Oregon was a leader in the energy efficiency movement when the state created the Residential Energy Tax Credit (RETC) program. The Oregon Department of Energy has overseen this program with the intention of encouraging Oregon residents to […]

Site #7 – 22 NW Shasta Place Desert Rain is the first residential property to qualify for certification under the international Living Building Challenge (LBC) – a program that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today – with stringent requirements in 7 performance areas called Petals.

  Site #9 – Central Electric Cooperative Community Solar 61090 SE 27th St, Bend So, what exactly is a Community Solar project? It is a solar array centrally located and connected to the utility’s grid. The energy is then available for individuals to buy the power. Central Electric Cooperative customers can subscribe to the power produced […]

 Calling all local businesses – check out this new solar incentive program! Together with local businesses, we know we can make a difference in the amount of energy that our community uses. That’s why The Bend Energy Challenge is launching a special program to bring Power to the People. Join our team of business energy heroes and your business can sign […]

I hear solar’s a good deal. But what does that really mean?  First of all, let’s get clear on what incentives are out there for you to take advantage of because 70% off sounds too good to be true.  Cash Incentives Cash incentives reduce the up-front, or out-of-pocket cost of your solar installation. Pacific Power […]

When you install solar on your home, your net meter is what allows your utility provider to keep track of the energy flowing to and from the electric grid. Net metering is what allows you to be billed for the excess energy from your solar system that you supply to the grid as well as the energy […]