Solar Power

Solar Industry
8:17 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Oregon Solar Manufacturer Expanding, Adding 200 Jobs

Solar panel manufacturer SolarWorld has announced a 10 million dollar expansion at its Hillsboro plant . 

The expansion will add a new solar panel production line and around 200 jobs at the company's U.S. headquarters in Hillsboro.

It will increase the plant's capacity by 40 percent and bring the total number of employees up to around 900.

SolarWorld president Makesh Dulani says the expansion marks a turnaround for the company. Many thought U.S. solar manufacturing couldn't survive fierce competition from China.

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7:30 am
Wed December 4, 2013

To Pay For More Solar Power, City Of Portland Tries Crowdsourcing

Lent Elementary School is one of many public buildings city leaders are hoping to line with solar panels through Portland's Solar Forward program.
Credit Andreas Lea/Flickr

The city of Portland is planning to build a new solar energy project on the roof of a local elementary school. But it only has about half the money needed to pay for it. To make up the difference, city leaders are trying something new: Crowdsourcing.

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Unusual Power Plant
5:07 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Unusual Funding For Unusual Proof-of-Concept Power Plant

A renewable energy consultant and the Oregon Institute of Technology have come up with an unusual financing plan for an even more unusual power plant idea.

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Solar Power Advocate Investigated
5:08 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Solar Power Advocate Likely Violated State Ethics Law

Solar power advocate Mike Nelson.
Liam Moriarty KPLU

One of the Northwest’s leading solar power advocates likely used his state position to help a company he was working for get an unfair tax designation. That’s the conclusion of a state ethics board investigation released Friday.

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