Introduction to Solar
Come learn why solar is a smart choice for Beaverton homeowners! Identify available solar technologies and financial incentives, learn why solar works well in Beaverton’s climate and how to choose a contractor.
There are two available workshops to choose from:
Date: February 21
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: 12375 SW 5th St.- Beaverton City Library, Meeting Room A
Click here for the workshop presentation.
Stay Warm This Winter
As the weather gets chillier, the city wants you to know about all of the resources available to you to help you stay cozy this winter.
Did you know that Washington County provides weatherization assistance to income-qualified residents at no cost? Weatherization improvements may include windows, ventilation, insulation, air/duct dealing and heating systems. Such services are available to both renters and homeowners in multi-family, single-family, manufactured or mobile homes.
Qualified residents receive a comprehensive energy audit, education on health and safety, water conservation and energy savings techniques for the home. Once the necessary improvements are identified, contractors licensed by Washington County perform the weatherization improvements.
For more information, please visit http://caowash.org/what_we_do/energy_conservation/, call 503-906-6550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are available in both English and Spanish.
Act fast while funds last!
Join us for an Energy Saving Lighting Fair this Wednesday, November 9!
Not sure what bulbs to purchase? Use Energy Trust of Oregon's "Take a Spin" tool to find the right energy efficient bulb for your fixtures.
SolSmart Recognition Program
The City of Beaverton is proud to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy's SolSmart recognition program. Currently, the city is in the process of developing its first community-wide climate action plan, which will outline key solar goals and actions for the community. Participating in the SolSmart Program builds on past solar efforts in Beaverton and provides the technical assistance and local government best practices for supporting and growing solar in our community.
Beaverton is committed to tracking and reporting on its solar metrics as a participant of the SolSmart program and as a city that is an advocate for solar. We have both the staff and the resources available to dedicate to increase the number of solar installations in Beaverton and increase the percentage of renewable power sourced by our residents.
The city leads by example by producing its own solar. In 2012, the city installed a 17.6kW solar array on the roof of the Beaverton City Library. The array saves the city roughly $7,000 annually from the power it produces. Additionally, the city performed a series of retrofits to the building, such as switching lights to LED's, putting lights on timers and other energy efficiency measures, which helped the Library to reduce its carbon footprint and decrease its energy costs.
In 2015, the city installed its largest solar array yet, a 433 kW array on the city's Sexton Mountain Water Storage Reservoir. The reservoir is a public asset, storing 15 million gallons of drinking water for nearly 80% of the city's residents. The city's water pumping station adjacent to the reservoir is the largest electrical power user in the city's water system. The array offsets the cost and carbon emissions associated with pumping drinking water to the city's residents. The installation is expected to save an estimated $834,000 for the thirty-five year life of the project.
From 2010 to 2012, the city's Sustainability Program executed its largest residential solar campaign. The project began as a pilot project called, Solar Beaverton. The 2010 pilot was a huge success, resulting in the program continuing through 2012. The program surpassed its goal of 250 residential solar installations and garnered national recognition. Mayor Denny Doyle received the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Climate Protection Award and the Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) Smart City award for energy innovation for the Solar Beaverton campaign.
The city is committed to making it easier than ever for its community members to go solar. The city is thrilled to participate in the SolSmart Program and looks forward to expanding its renewables portfolio.
Participate in the Wood Stove Exchange Program While Funds Last!
Do you have an old wood stove that you want to replace, but don’t have the cash to do so? You’re in luck! Washington County recently launched a Wood Stove Exchange Program. Old woodstoves and inserts are inefficient, they pollute both indoors and outdoors, and they are harmful to human health.
The exchange program includes, electric ductless heat pump, gas stove or insert, gas furnace, pellet stove or insert and EPA-certified wood stove or insert.
The funds are limited, so apply now!
There are only four easy steps required for the program:
- Complete an application - The application pre-qualifies you for the program and determines whether you qualify for a rebate or a free replacement.
- Get inspected and approved - A staff member will visit your home to confirm your eligibility to participate in the program and will discuss replacement options with you.
- Choose your vendor - Once you receive your approval letter, you can select a vendor from Washington County's approved vendor list.
- Washington County pays vendor - Once your replacement project is permitted and complete, staff will directly pay your vendor the amount of your rebate.
For more information, visit the program's website: http://www.co.washington.or.us/CommunityDevelopment/WoodStoveExchange
Or, attend an information workshop. All workshops are from 7 - 8 p.m.:
- Wednesday, September 21, Beaverton Library main branch, 12375 SW 5th St.
- Tuesday, September 27, Aloha High School, 18550 SW Kinnaman Rd.
- Wednesday, October 12, Cornelius City Council Chambers, 1310 N Adair St.
- Thursday, October 13, Lincoln Elementary School, 801 NE Lincoln St. Hillsboro
- Thursday, October 20. St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Frances Hall lobby, 12520 SW Grant St. Tigard.
Residents learn about the Basics of Solar
The city is making it easy for residents to learn about renewable energy options. Beaverton residents were invited to attend the Basics of Solar workshop held August 2 at the Beaverton City Library Main.
“It was an excellent forum for anyone starting their research into solar,” said workshop attendee Dennis Isaacson. The workshop focused on residential solar applications, and featured information on solar technologies, available utility incentives and tax credits, contractor selection, and the installation process.
“We are now seeing the price for solar and other renewable energy options drop to all-time lows and we will only continue to see those prices drop in the coming years,” said Program Coordinator Rachel Bigby. “The Sustainability Program is committed to expanding its own renewable energy portfolio and providing resources and opportunities for our residents to do the same. We have so many exciting projects currently in the works – stay tuned!”
Sustainability workshops, fairs and events are offered throughout the year. For updates, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/sustainability.
Prevent Food Waste at Home
Food accounts for nearly 30 percent of all household garbage going into the landfill. About 40 percent of the food grown in the United States goes uneaten, yet one in seven Americans lacks a secure supply of food.
By making small shifts in how we shop, prepare and store food, we can waste less, save money and conserve the valuable resources associated with food production.
Reduce your food waste at home by taking the Eat Smart, Waste Less Challenge. Pledge to practice Smart Storage and keep your fruits and vegetables fresh. Or pledge to Get Smart and measure your family’s food waste over four weeks and find out just how low you can go. Make it fun and challenge your neighbor, friend or family member to reduce their food waste too.
To learn more or sign up visit our website www.EatSmartWasteLess.com.
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