Program provides economic, environmental benefits
Solar Gresham is for residents to learn about solar energy and renewable energy options. The solar installation program is also available to the neighboring communities of Fairview, Troutdale and Wood Village.
“Solar Gresham is at the core of the City’s commitment to sustainability as we continue to make opportunities available that benefit the community and support the regional economy,” said Gresham Councilor John Kilian.
Solar Gresham offers homeowners solar installation at a reduced cost. Solar contractor Imagine Energy of Portland is able to offer a bulk rate, discounted price through its partnership with the city. Solar Gresham is available until July 31 and includes a free site assessment, solar at 80 percent or more off the cost and installation.
”This is a great opportunity for Gresham residents to participate in producing renewable solar energy locally while protecting the environment and realizing long-term energy cost savings,” said Dan Blue, Gresham’s recycling and solid waste manager.
It’s also an ideal time to take advantage of federal and state tax credits and solar incentives through the Energy Trust of Oregon while they’re available.
For example, a 3.29kW solar system that costs around $15,900 is reduced to about $2,500 out-of-pocket after tax credits and incentives. A second option, where the homeowner pays the contractor upfront for 20 years of solar energy and system maintenance, costs $6,000 and is reduced to $0 out-of-pocket after state tax credits over four years.
Free solar workshops explaining the basic technology, benefits and cost of solar will be offered at the Gresham Public Library, 385 N.W. Miller Ave. Workshop dates are Saturday, April 21, from 3-4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To attend call Nicole Cousino at 503-618-2485.
Solar Gresham is an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funded program and one of the City’s Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant initiatives.
For more information about Solar Gresham, including pricing and to apply, visit GreshamOregon.gov/SolarGresham.