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PGE Plans Largest Solar Array in the NW

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Portland General Electric is expanding its solar energy resources with a new 2.4-megawatt rooftop project -- the largest rooftop solar project in the Pacific Northwest. PGE is partnering with U.S. Bank, ProLogis, and several Oregon companies on the project. Northwest Solar Solutions, a division of locally owned Snyder Roofing and the installer for this project, estimates 60,000 hours of union-wage electrical and roofing Oregon jobs will be created by this project. The roughly 900,000-square-foot project will cover the roofs of seven ProLogis distribution warehouses in Portland, Gresham, and Clackamas. The new project will use UNI-SOLAR innovative “thin-film” solar panels that are similar to the ones used on the 1.1 megawatt rooftop project PGE and ProLogis brought online in 2008. With the new 2.4-megawatt project, PGE will have more than 12 megawatts of solar capacity in its resource mix, including the 104-kilowatt solar highway project with the Oregon Department of Transportation and 9.1 megawatts of customer-owned solar energy projects PGE supports through its net metering program. Among utilities, PGE ranks 8th in the nation for total solar capacity, according to the national Solar Energy Power Association. Energy Trust of Oregon is providing about $2.3 million in incentives for the project. Other partners on the project include PV Powered (Bend, Ore.) and Tonkon Torp (Portland). The project also received funding from PGE’s Clean Wind program, which helps fund renewable energy projects in the region. For more information, contact: Elaina Medina, PGE, 503-464-8790

Build It Green Tour The ninth annual Build it Green! Home Tour (BIG!) and Information Fair will take place Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010. We are looking forward to another great tour of new and remodeled projects showcasing differing sustainable design styles, construction strategies and lifestyle choices. Do you have an interesting residential project you’d like to have considered for this year’s tour? Check out more tour info and the nomination form. Help us create a diverse and appealing event for more than 900 tour-goers. We welcome your nominations. BIG! is presented annually each September by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Read about past tours at www.portlandonline.com/bps/builditgreen. Questions? Call Valerie Garrett at 503-823-5431.

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SolarWorld To Culminate Expansion, Adding 350 Workers In Five Months SolarWorld group is launching the culminating phase of its employment, equipment and manufacturing ramp in Hillsboro. The company plans to add a total of 350 workers for two factory buildings here by Sept. 30. The largest and oldest U.S. solar manufacturer, SolarWorld expects to interview many hundreds of job seekers, including soldiers returning from the Mideast, to supply production operators, administrators and engineers at its Hillsboro site. The site will swell from about 650 people now to about 1,000. In all, it will employ about 1,250 people at its U.S. sites, including its plant in Camarillo, Calif. SolarWorld continues its expansion as several competitors phase out U.S. production to shift overseas. In the works nearly five years, the U.S. expansion to 500 MW of annual capacity has come thanks partly to tax incentives from the city of Hillsboro, the state of Oregon and the U.S. government. Their interest has helped SolarWorld spearhead growth of a solar industry in Oregon at a time of stubborn national unemployment. “SolarWorld is a great Oregon success story,” said Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski. “This next phase opens the doors of opportunity for hundreds of Oregonians seeking employment and advances the production of clean, renewable energy.” Over coming months, job seekers can keep track of employment postings and application instructions at the company’s online Job & Career center on its U.S. website www.solarworld-usa.com. Media contact: Ben Santarris, 503 927 9858 (o), ben.santarris@solarworld-usa.com

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