Concluding in December of 2012, Solar Beaverton was a highly-successful, city-led program that encouraged renewable energy use and made solar installations easy for residents. Led by Beaverton, Oregon’s sustainability program, Solar Beaverton was designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, simplify the processes of installing solar, create jobs that support local contractors and manufacturers, and help residents take advantage of financial incentives.
The program surpassed its goal of 250 residential solar installations in January 2012, with the 258 solar systems located throughout the community. It began with an initial pilot project and evolved into a full city-wide program in 2011. Through a fixed price cost negotiated by the City with a selected solar vendor, the innovative program made a residential solar system far less expensive for homeowners, and lessened the complexity and risk in the process as well.
After its first year of full operation following a pilot program, Solar Beaverton was widely hailed as a success and garnered national recognition, including Mayor Denny Doyle’s receiving a U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Climate Protection Award and the NRDC’s Smart City award for energy innovation.