Imagine 250,000 solar roofs

Oregon could produce 30 times as much solar energy as it does today—preventing 3.8 million tons of carbon dioxide pollution. But unfortunately, some utilities are standing in the way. Right now, less than 1 percent of our state’s energy comes from the sun, when we could be generating power on virtually every Oregon home, office, school, warehouse and retail store.

3.8 million fewer tons of carbon pollution

To take polluting power offline, we have to tap into the power of the sun. By 2025, Oregon could cut ties with dirty and dangerous energy, such as coal and oil, and produce 30 times more solar energy—the equivalent of taking 730,000 cars off the road.

Solar power creates Oregon jobs

Solar is not only a no-brainer for our environment; it’s a boost for our economy. Thousands are already working at Oregon solar companies. In fact, our state houses the country’s largest solar panel manufacturing facility. It’s time for legislators to make sure more of that clean energy technology ends up on a quarter million solar roofs right here in Oregon.

Together, we can win

Members and supporters like you make it possible for our staff to conduct research, make our case to the media, testify in Salem, and build the grassroots support necessary to create the clean energy future that Oregon wants. 

Clean Energy Updates

News Release | Environment Oregon

New Report Ranks Portland in the Top 20 for Solar Installations

Environment Oregon was joined by Hacienda Community Development Corporation (CDC) and the City of Portland to release a new report: “Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution.

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Report | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

Shining Cities

Solar power is on the rise across America—increasing 200-fold in the United States since 2002—and major cities are helping to lead this clean energy revolution. Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution shows that cities from every region of the U.S. are driving solar development with strong public policies – reaping important benefits for the environment, public health, and the economy. By building local solar power, cities can keep more of their energy budget at home and create good local jobs.

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News Release | Environment Oregon

Solar Foundation: Oregon Falls out of Top-10 in Solar Job Numbers

Portland - Oregon has more than 2,700 people employed manufacturing and installing pollution-free solar energy, according to a national Solar Jobs Census released today by The Solar Foundation. Unfortunately, according to the analysis, Oregon lost 200 jobs in 2012 and ranks  11th  in the nation for solar jobs per capita. 

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News Release | Environment Oregon

New Report: Oregon Ranks 13th in the Nation for Solar Power

Today Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center released "Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States," a new report highlighting a solar energy boom across the country. The report outlines the twelve states that have made a considerable contribution to the nation’s rise in solar power. Oregon, however, missed the cut and ranks 13th in the nation for per capita solar installations.

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Report | Environment Oregon Research & Policy Center

Lighting The Way

Solar energy is on the rise. America has more than three times as much solar photovoltaic capacity today as in 2010, and more than 10 times as much as in 2007. In the first three months of 2013, solar power accounted for nearly half of the new electricity generating capacity in the United States. The price of solar energy is falling rapidly, and each year tens of thousands of additional Americans begin to reap the benefits of clean energy from the sun, generated right on the rooftops of their homes or places of business.

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