Solar Energy in Oregon, Washington Projected to Make Big Gains

For those living in the area, it could change their neighborhood dramatically. More From KTVZ.COM Oregon gas prices still on the decline “I really enjoy the openness,” Kathy Jensan ,who lives adjacent to the proposed site, said Tuesday. “I really enjoy the wildlife, the deer, the coyotes and the rabbits.” But some of that nature soon could be replaced by a sea of solar panels. One of the solar farms stretches south from Neff Road to Highway 20 near Erickson Road. The two solar facilities would be among Central Oregon’s biggest. “That 20-megawatt farm total should be able should be able to feed (enough power for) 4,000 homes,” said Paul Israel, president of the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association. Not everyone is happy about the proposal. The Jensans could soon be looking at an 8-foot tall barbed wire fence. “I cried” upon learning of the plans, she said.
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New Residential Energy Storage System for Solar and Smart Home Connectivity

Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review . The two Northwest states are expected to top 200 megawatts (MW) of combined solar electric capacity by the end of 2015 enough to power nearly 25,000 homes. The report went on to point out that the biggest solar gains last year in both states came in residential installations, but commercial installations increased, too, with leading companies such as Walgreens, Kohls REI, Safeway and Intel all making significant investments in solar energy systems. But 2015 promises to be the best year ever for both states when it comes to adding new solar electric capacity. In Washington, solar growth this year is projected to triple, while Oregon is expected to more than quadruple. Thats pretty impressive growth, said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Today, more and more people, as well as business in both states, are choosing to go solar as a way to reduce their electricity costs, make America more energy independent, protect our environment and fight climate change. Its a win-win for both states. Today, there are 142 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Oregon, employing more than 2,100 people.
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San Jose, CA (PRWEB) April 13, 2015 Today, JuiceBox Energy, Inc. announces availability of their new 8.6kWh lithium-ion energy storage system for solar energy storage and smart home connectivity. With this product release, JuiceBox enters the rapidly growing residential energy storage market with a safe and reliable, web-connected product that can be installed on new and existing solar energy installations. Distributed energy generation is at a crossroad in many locations as renewable energy net metering policies evolve, requiring customers to sell their excess solar energy to the grid at wholesale rates during the day and buy back energy in the evening at peak retail rates. The JuiceBox Energy system is designed to extend the solar day by supporting self-consumption when rates are highest, saving customers money on a daily basis. It provides value to both the customer and the utility by reducing peak power consumption and fluctuations on the grid. And when the grid goes down, the JuiceBox customer can operate indefinitely in an off-grid mode with the solar and battery system providing power to the homes critical loads.
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