CESA Member Oregon

“ The energy field is changing rapidly. Working with other organizations doing work similar to ours helps Energy Trust of Oregon track changes in the market and provide the most effective programs possible for customers.” Peter West, Director of Energy Programs

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Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to providing utility customers with clean energy solutions. Energy Trust provides cash incentives and services to help customers save energy, generate renewable power and manage costs in their homes, businesses and communities.

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The Solar Program helps homeowners, businesses and public agencies supplement their electricity needs with on-site solar generation. The program provides cash incentives for net-metered solar electric installations, educates consumers about solar purchasing and financing options and ensures high-quality installations through design review and verification. The team is also working to reduce the non-equipment “soft” costs of solar by providing business training to contractors and helping to match interested customers with contractors in their area. When additional funds are available, the program also supports custom large-scale solar projects. The program envisions solar as a significant part of Oregon’s energy mix and makes strategic investments in projects, infrastructure and local industry that will give rise to a healthy, stable market for solar.

ResAg ForestGlenOaks 053Energy Trust also provides support for biopower, wind, hydropower and geothermal projects up to 20 megawatts. In addition to custom incentives for project construction, Energy Trust works with these projects to provide tailored project development assistance. This can include cash incentives that help pay a portion of the cost for feasibility studies, technical assistance or other activities to help projects move from concept to construction. A centerpiece of this work is Energy Trust’s Irrigation Modernization program which helps irrigation districts find the funding and resources they need to create state-of-the-art irrigation systems that replace open canals with pipes, saving water and leaving more water in-stream for fish and wildlife. Pressurized pipes allow irrigators to remove pumps and allow excess pressure to be used to generate hydropower.

Find out more at www.energytrust.org.

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