In their continuing quest to reach net zero energy consumption, Tamástslikt Cultural Institute in Pendleton, Oregon is building two solar carports in their parking lot. This follows installation of a wind turbine last year.
With a portion of a grant from Pacific Power Blue Sky of Oregon for $350,000 and a cash award from the Energy Trust of Oregon in the amount of $78,138, Tamástslikt was able to start construction this week on two solar carports with a total rated capacity of 123kW.
The 432 – SolarWorld 285 watt solar panels were manufactured in Hillsboro, Oregon and will produce about 140,000kW hours of electricity per year – enough to power thirteen average Northwest homes.
Hire Electric, who installed the 50kW wind turbine at Tamástslikt in early 2014, is constructing the carports. Hire Electric has been installing solar and small wind systems in eastern Oregon and Washington since 2003.
The project was able to employ a recently certified welder, Charles Woods who just graduated from the CTUIR/TERO welding program.
~Press Release by Michelle Liberty
Here’s an article about the project in the East Orgonian: Solar Carports Built at Tamastslikt 12/25/2015
On August 28th at 10am the solar array we installed for the Bonneville Environmental Foundation at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles, OR will be dedicated.
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
5000 Discovery Drive
The Dalles, OR 97058
Here’s the Discovery Center announcement:
Join us as we officially dedicate our new Renewable Energy Exhibit with a ribbon cutting. The exhibit, funded by Google and Bonneville Environmental Foundation, adds to the available power utilized by the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, and provides an educational opportunity on using solar power as a renewable energy resource. The exhibit is in three locations; the Solar Pavilion, sponsored by Google, is an interpretive exhibit on renewable energy that includes schematics of solar energy systems and a real-time display inside the museum of solar energy being produced. The Bonneville Foundation sponsored exhibit on renewable energy is an interactive display that highlights alternative energy sources.
This exhibit was made possible in part through a $50,000 grant provided by Google and a $25,000 grant provided by Bonneville Environmental Foundation. The project was planned by the Delta Energy Club at Columbia Gorge Community College, and installed by Hire Electric.
Coffee, punch and cookies provided. The event is free to the public.
Sorensen Construction (aka Common Energy) built an amazing wood frame pavilion that we installed 10 – SolarWorld 270 watt solar panels on with Enphase M250 micro inverters. The system ties into the main museum electrical distribution and helps to reduce their bill and provide an alternative energy education opportunity for museum goers.
Pendleton has an exciting history of utilizing renewable resources. Hire Electric is pleased to partner with the city in offering an informational seminar on the benefits of going solar in Eastern Oregon. We’ll be meeting at the Pendleton Convention Center, 1600 Westgate Avenue, new east wing conference room. Date: Thursday, 2/26. Time: 6 pm to 8 pm.
Come find out about the incentives that are still available:
- $.75/watt from Energy Trust of Oregon
- $6000 Residential Energy Tax Credit – off your Oregon State Taxes
- 30% Federal Tax Credit
- 0% Interest Loan Program from the City of Pendleton
Find out more here: http://www.pendleton.or.us/energy/solarize