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.
Hire Electric is super excited to be part of this great campaign to solarize our community.
With support from Northwest Solar Communities, Gorge Owned (GO!) is working with local solar contractors to offer discounted, bulk rates on solar panel installations to Gorge homeowners in Klickitat, Skamania, Wasco and Hood River counties.
GO! Solar is a community “solarize” initiative aimed at helping Columbia River Gorge homeowners overcome the barriers associated with investing in solar power. Local contractors and suppliers are working together to offer a simplified process and unbeatable prices. In addition to state, federal and local incentives, GO! Solar can reduce total project cost by up to 20%. The catch: Homeowners have to sign up for the program no later than March 30, 2015 to guarantee the bulk discounts.
“Going solar pays off in a number of ways,” says Amanda Lawrence, Gorge Owned Membership and Program Director. “It reduces your monthly utility bills, increases your home value, reduces your dependence on fossil fuel and, if done through GO! Solar, supports the local economy.”
Learn more about GO! Solar at a community launch party, Tuesday, February 3, from 6-8 pm, at Full Sail Brew Pub (506 Columbia St., Hood River). Learn about financial incentives for solar, meet the local contractors delivering the program and have your questions about solar answered by regional experts. Participants can also enjoy light appetizers and beer courtesy of Full Sail.
Gorge Owned is planning additional events in Klickitat and Wasco Counties in February. Details will be announced atwww.gorgeowned.org/programs/
What: GO! Solar Launch Party
When: Tuesday, Feb., 3, 2015, 6-8 pm
Where: Full Sail Brew Pub, 506 Columbia St., Hood River
Follow Up Meetings:
- February 10th, The Dalles, Clocktower Ales, 311 Union Street from 6pm – 7:30pm
- February 12th, White Salmon, Columbia Bank Community Room, 390 NE Tohomish St, 6pm – 7pm
- February 17th, Goldendale, Klickitat PUD Community Room, 1313 South Columbus Avenue 6pm – 7:30pm
About Gorge Owned
Gorge Owned is a 501.c.3 member-supported organization with a mission to strengthen connections between the people, natural environment and economy of the Columbia River Gorge. With more than 200 individual and business members, GO! delivers year-round programing that informs and inspires people to invest in a vibrant community, healthy environment and strong local economy. Programs include Gorge Green Drinks, Sense of Place Lecture Series, GO! Local Campaign, and Gorge Earth Day.
Learn More: GorgeOwned.org
— Hire Electric Solar (@hireelectric) February 4, 2015
We just finished a 2.7kW solar pavilion at the Discovery Center in The Dalle, OR. SolarWorld 270 Black mono modules with Enphase micro inverters AND Sorensen Construction’s amazing timber frame picnic structure.
— Hire Electric Solar (@hireelectric) September 9, 2014