Solar Plus Team
The Solar Plus project brings together many diverse agencies and organizations representing utilities, environmental justice, renewable energy advocates, government, and the solar industry. Project members collaborate to develop and implement strategies that enhance solar adoption as well as to build energy equity and resiliency.
Led by the Washington State Department of Commerce and Spark Northwest, the Solar Plus team includes representatives from: Front and Centered, Verde, Northwest Energy Coalition, Renewable Northwest, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association, Solar Installers of Washington, Oregon Department of Energy, Energy Trust of Oregon, Washington State University Energy Program, Oregon Public Utility Commission, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, Avista Corporation, Puget Sound Energy, Snohomish Public Utility District, and Seattle City Light.
Solar Plus Project Work Teams
The Solar Plus initiative is a three year project. The first year stakeholders convened to formulate strategies for to meet their goals. Work teams were established and scopes of work defined. The second year implementation began.
Community and Grid Resilience
ODOE is planning two workshops for utility engineers to learn about battery storage, with a third in early 2019. Workshops will be Thursday November 8Th in Sequim, WA and Friday November 30th in Salem, OR. Guest presenters include Puget Sound Energy, presenting about their storage project work, including a small flow battery and an on-going distributed storage pilot. A representative from Sandia National Lab and from Eugene Water & Electric Board will also share lessons.
Neighborhood Energy Planning
Verde launches new solar energy after school program in Cully neighborhood!
In Response to The Living Cully Community Energy Plan Verde and Hacienda CDC’s After school program Expresiones, have teamed up to launch a pilot Solar energy afterschool program in the Cully Neighborhood.The Living Cully Community Energy Plan is a neighborhood-scale energy plan that identifies energy conservation and energy generation pilots for the Cully neighborhood. The Energy Plan creates a blueprint for how we can prevent displacement through increased investments in the energy sector. By investing in public education and community service we can lift up a community-led, anti-displacement vision of climate action.The after school program provides interactive and accessible STEM learning within the context of localized energy generation. Students learn about community based energy projects while also working on their own solar energy project with their peers. During the seven week curriculum, students get hands on experience in the technical aspects of building a solar panel. The after school program coincides with the current 78 kW solar installation at St. Charles Church and serves to encourage Cully youth to build excitement around future solar investments in the neighborhood. The educational program culminates with a site visit to St. Charles Church where students will interview solar professionals from the project crew. Verde expects to implement a second round of the solar curriculum in the neighborhood in the spring, with a final curriculum being produced in summer 2019. The Solar Curriculum is possible through Solar Plus funds.
In 2018, Spark Northwest launched four group purchase campaigns, reaching new markets and deploying our first Spanish language workshop in Yakima County. We educated 337 people in Solarize workshops, signed 58 contracts for installations representing half a megawatt of solar and created 3 new green jobs. As the Washington state incentives run out, we are targeting outreach to farms and rural small businesses which are eligible for USDA REAP grants. Looking ahead to 2019, we have issued a “Call for Partners” to identify new underrepresented communities. We look forward to working with Homestead Community Land Trust in King County and we are seeking other partners from across Oregon and Washington.
Workforce & Economic Development
You’re invited to attend the inaugural Solar Workforce Development Workshops in December. Engage with your colleagues, friends, and industry members in discussions around a pathway for a skilled and stable solar workforce in Oregon. Together with Solar Plus, OSEIA is excited to host the inaugural Solar Workshop Development Workshop series in Portland and Eugene. These day-long workshops will feature many exciting components. Register here for the Portland Solar Workforce Development Workshop on December 4th; and, register here for the Eugene Solar Workforce Development Workshop on December 6th.
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