July 8, 2014 

Portland Prescriptive Residential Solar Permit Fees Have Been Reduced


The City of Portland Bureau of Development Services has announced they will be reducing the building permit fees for Prescriptive Residential Solar Permits from $554 to $263, effective immediately.


For Residential PV: Separate electrical trade permits continue to be required and their associated fees remain the same. This means that a prescriptive installation of 5 kW or less will have a combined (building and electrical) permit fee of roughly $416. Previously it was $707.


This month Energy Trust, in collaboration with Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE), Lewis & Clark's Green Energy Institute, and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), will be sending out a survey to solar trade ally contractors. This survey will help us clarify what contributes to the cost of solar installations in Oregon.


Last year the U.S. Department of Energy and NREL sparked a national conversation surrounding the need to decrease solar soft costs. The 'soft costs' of a solar installation are defined as non-hardware costs which include permitting, inspection, interconnection, overhead, installation labor, customer acquisition, and financing. The Soft Cost Roadmap, proposed by NREL, outlines soft-cost-reduction pathways for the solar industry to pursue going forward with a goal of bring the levelized cost of solar in line with conventional sources of energy by 2020. Read more..

Earn Continuing Education Credits. Stay Competitive. 


The Oregon Solar Energy Conference (OSEC) will be the regions largest solar training conference, providing the perfect venue for experienced solar professionals, sales persons, project managers, architects, engineers and those new to the industry to sharpen their skills, sell more installations, earn continuing education units, and network with other professionals. 


The Entire Conference is Approved for NABCEP CEUs!!!


Date: September 24 - 25, 2014
Location: Oregon Convention Center, Portland OR
Sponsorship opportunities are available!


Discount Registration is open!


Sustainable NW 20th Anniversary Bash!

The next 2 trainings will be:
July 18th in Medford, Oregon
July 25th in Seattle, Washington
OSEIA is providing an 8 hour PV training course focused on Solar PV Systems and the 2014 NEC. This course qualifies for  Code Change CEUs with the Oregon BCD, Washington Dept. of Labor and Industries and CEUs for NABCEP.

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