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Energy Trust Irrigation Rebate Deadlines Approach

PressureGauge (Medium) for irrigation by Jeremy Baker

Upgrading irrigation equipment can result in water and financial savings!

Energy Trust of Oregon has asked us to help get the word out to all local agricultural producers who have made irrigation purchases since the beginning of the year.

Purchasers are reminded that they only have 180 days from time of purchase to submit their rebate forms for equipment purchased since January 1, 2016. These rebates can be quite valuable (in addition to the savings one will have on their power bills year after year). Take a look at this example:

Rotating Sprinklers:

  • Equipment Cost $9,700
  • Energy Trust Cost Incentive $3,060
  • Net Project Cost $6,640
  • Yearly Energy Savings $3,640

If you purchased irrigation equipment, you may be eligible for these incentives if you live in Oregon and purchase the power for your agriculture pump from either Pacific Power or PGE.

Please see this attached rebate form for additional information, and send in your rebate forms.

For more information, please contact Ulrike Mengelberg, Outreach Manager, Cascade Energy, Inc. at 971-244.8193 or by email at ulrike.mengelberg@cascadeenergy.com



Seats Still Available at Energize Oregon Workshops

Energize Oregon is now providing technical assistance to agricultural producers in Lane, Lincoln, Benton, Linn, Polk, Marion, Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, and Yamhill Counties.

Register for Energize – attend a workshop or fill out a screening form!

Attend a workshop! – Northwest SEED and project partners will be hosting 3 workshops this November. These workshops will cover renewable energy project basics, financing, and will offer a period for participants to talk one-on-one with clean energy experts. To register, email Jessica

  • November 5th – 3 to 6 PM – Eugene Library, 100 West 10th Ave
  • November 6th – 9 AM to Noon – Lake Oswego, 4101 Kruse Way
  • November 6th – 2 to 5 PM – McMinnville Libary, 225 NE Adams St

Got a project in mind? We want to hear about it!

Fill out the PROJECT SCREENING FORM to determine your eligibility. Our team will be in touch to help you design the best possible renewable energy project for you!

Project Objectives
Energize Oregon will connect farmers with field experts and provide them with new tools to overcome the barriers to the widespread adoption of clean energy technologies. Specific project goals are to:

  • establish an affordable, usable implementation model to assist agricultural producers in the adoption of energy efficiency and clean energy measures
  • connect producers with financial and technical resources available for energy efficiency and clean energy development
  • increase collaboration and facilitate the work of organizations currently operating in on-farm energy and agriculture production in rural communities
  • provide a model that is scalable and replicable for farmers and ranchers in rural communities across the country

Project Team
Energize Oregon is funded in part through USDA’s NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant program. The project involves EQIP-eligible producers in both the program development process and in the regional pilot. In addition, organizations that serve agriculture communities provide a critical voice on the steering committee.

Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development
Oregon Department of Energy
Energy Trust of Oregon
USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service
Oregon USDA RuraL Development
Oregon Association of Conservation Districts
Association of Oregon Counties
Cascade Pacific RC&D
Oregon Association ofNurseries
Oregon State University Efficiency Center
League of Oregon Cities
EQIP Eligible Farmers

Energize Oregon: Opportunities for On-farm Clean Energy – Our initial report on barriers and opportunities.

For more information contact: Jessica

Growing Solar in Clackamas County

Growing Solar Clackamas County is a community-based, volunteer-driven solar initiative to reduce your power bill.

Residents and small businesses can participate in this community-led program for installing quality Oregon-made solar electric and solar hot water systems at affordable one-time prices.

Growing Solar Clackamas County is a citizen-run group, with support from Oregon State University Extension Service, Clackamas County Office of Sustainability, and Solar Oregon (an Oregon non-profit organization). The purpose of the group is to inform citizens about the benefits of converting to solar electricity and hot water, while taking advantage of low pricing through group bulk purchasing, tax incentives, and leasing options.

The steering committee has scheduled a number of “early bird” workshops throughout the county to help citizens learn more about Solar Energy and financing as follows (additional workshops will be offered in March & April):

  • February 1 – Beavercreek Telephone Company, 6:00 pm
  • February 7 – Estacada Library, 6:00 pm
  • February 9 – Wilsonville Library, 6:00 pm
  • February 12 – TBA (Happy Valley/Milwaukie vicinity)
  • February 15 – Canby Events Center & Fairgrounds, 6:00 pm

Please see the website at www.growingsolar.org to register for a workshop.

Note this program with special rates is a one-time limited offer. Deadlines are:

  • EARLY BIRD SAVINGS (additional savings for early committers)
    • February 19: Deadline to schedule a site assessment
    • February 29: Deadline to sign a purchase/lease contract *
  • SPECIAL ONE-TIME SAVINGS (committee negotiated savings)
    • April 15: Deadline to schedule a site assessment
    • May 15: Deadline to sign a purchase/lease contract *

*Must have a site assessment before a contract can be signed. However, attendance at a workshop is optional.

Growing Solar: “We are a team of homeowners from Clackamas County that has been working the past few months to develop a group purchase opportunity in solar energy. Not only for ourselves, but for any interested community members. We have pre-selected two contractors who are offering great deals as well as lined up a number of different workshops for us to explore solar power together. If you are interested in learning more about how to generate your own electricity or hot water with solar power, join our citizen led initiative for solar. There is no better time for this golden opportunity than now.”

(This is not a Clackamas County SWCD program, but it coincides with one of our interests: energy conservation!)