The 2nd annual NW Solar Expo will offer workshops, exhibitors, and seminars to home and business owners interested in clean energy solutions for their homes and buildings; admission is $12. It will take place at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR.
Northwest Solar Expo September 14-16 at the Portland, Oregon
Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association (OSEIA) hosts three days of Exhibits
and Workshops Taught by Solar Experts for Home, Business, and Professionals
(August 27, 2007) Portland, OR - Are you ready to go solar? The Northwest is becoming
a hotbed of solar energy development as home and business owners discover the huge
potential for this limitless source of clean energy. The Northwest Solar Expo on
September 14 - 16, 2007, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, is a great place to go to
learn more. Whether you're a homeowner interested in doing more to combat global
warming, or a business owner looking to manage your energy consumption and costs, the
Northwest Solar Expo has information to help you make your next move to clean,
renewable energy from the sun; admission is $12.
"Solar technology and products are mature, the business conditions are great, and the tax
credits and incentives are in place," said Jon Miller, executive director, Oregon Solar
Electric Industries Association. "Clean energy solutions are available today that fit
virtually every budget. From utility portfolio options, to energy efficiency and green
buildings, to producing your own clean energy, this Expo has it all."
"This event has something for everyone," said Miller. "Consumers, commercial building
owners and developers and solar professionals can experience a range of mainstream
clean energy solutions, from photovoltaic (PV) solar electric systems, solar hot water
systems, passive solar design, pool heating, and specialty solutions as well as green
building designs and energy efficiency options."
The three-day Expo features workshops and classes taught by local solar experts. Friday
September 14 will open the event with comments from Michael Grainey, the director of
the Oregon Dept. of Energy and Bob Beisner, VP of SolarWorld. Businesses interested in
going solar should attend the classes on Friday. The Saturday and Sunday schedules
include workshops ranging from solar basics to more advanced topics for consumers and
solar professionals. Saturday will also have fun events for children to check out solar and
science. For a complete list of workshops and events, visit
"Interest in solar energy is growing for both homeowners and businesses," said Kacia
Brockman, manager, solar programs, Energy Trust. "We're seeing standing-room-only
crowds at monthly 'Basics of Going Solar' workshops where we used to see just a dozen
attendees." Information about solar workshops can be found at www.solaroregon.org.
Mike Nealy, president of Global Events Group, which has partnered with OSEIA to put
on the Northwest Solar Expo, says that over 40 companies have will exhibit at the
Northwest Solar Expo. Sponsors include Oregon Department of Energy, Energy Trust of
Oregon, Inc., Platt Electric, NECA/IBEW, groSolar, Portland General Electric, City of
Portland Office of Sustainability, Takagi, Cascade SunWorks, Conergy, Mr. Sun Solar
and Home Power Magazine.
More than 2,500 people, from throughout the northwest attended the first Northwest
Solar Expo in 2006. "As people become more concerned about energy issues, we expect
attendance this year to increase," said Nealy.
In Oregon, residential, commercial and industrial customers of Portland General Electric,
Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas are eligible to receive cash
incentives from Energy Trust for the installation of solar electric and solar water heating
systems, as well as for energy efficiency measures. For more information, visit
www.energytrust.org, or call 1-866-368-7878. Businesses may also be eligible for
Oregon state energy tax credits equal to 50 percent of eligible project costs through the
Oregon Department of Energy. For more information, visit
http://oregon.gov/ENERGY/RENEW/Solar/ or call 1-800-221-8035.
"The recent increase in the Business Energy Tax Credit by the Oregon Legislature has
resulted in a strong increase in businesses interested in integrating solar into their energy
mix," said Miller. "We expect to see more and more businesses generating a good
percentage of their energy demand by solar in the future."
For more information on the Northwest Solar Expo, visit www.nwsolarexpo.com. Or
call: Jon Miller at 503-236-0367.