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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Oregon State Law 105.880 Guarantees Your Solar Rights

In early 2009 my wife and I decided that we wanted to start moving towards the use of renewable energy. These days there are more and more motivations to take renewable seriously. At the time our biggest motivation was to support the use of clean, renewable energy. So, after attending the Solar Expo in Portland in May I found a solar installer and started moving towards the installation of a 3000 watt solar photo voltaic installation. Since our HOA (Creekside in Salem) requires approval for all home modification projects I submitted the plan to the HOA for approval. Much to my surprise the HOA said, "no, the CC&Rs don't allow solar panels".

Monday, October 5, 2009

Dow Chemical Company, Oct. 5, 2009 Solar shingle are just that: shingles similar to roofing shingles on most homes. Except these shingles are photovoltaic and produce electricity, like solar panels. While solar shingles (versus panels) have been around for awhile, there does not appear to be many if any big-name manufacturers producing them. Enter Dow Chemical. In October of this year, Dow unveiled its "Powerhouse" Solar Shingles, which can be integrated into a home's array of asphalt roofing shingles. Dow anticipates having a limited supply available in 2010, with a larger supply coming in 2011. Dow has invested $50 million in a photovoltaic facility at the company's 1,900-acre complex in Michigan, a sign that big players like Dow recognize that solar is here to stay..... and is a good business move from an industry's perspective. So what does this mean for consumers?