The Hood River County Energy Council is Accepting Student Applications

The Hood River County Energy Council is Accepting Student Applications

The Energy Council is accepting applications for a newly created student representative seat. Applications must be received by February 15, 2024. 

Hood River County Energy Council Member Applications

  • The Energy Council is looking for a representative who is committed to helping our community reach its clean energy goals.
  • The Energy Council is seeking a member who will represent all Hood River County residents. We are looking to bring a diversity of perspectives to the council.
  • To be eligible, applicants must live in one of the following counties: Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Klickitat, or Skamania.
  • The Energy Council meets quarterly on Thursday afternoons, and subcommittees meet during off-months for the full council. Meeting time and frequency are subject to change.
  • The student representative will serve a one-year term beginning in March 2024.

Please feel free to share this news with anyone you know who may be interested.

The application is linked below. 

Hood-River-Energy-Council-Application_202425_student

Email completed applications to lindsay@mcedd.org. Applications must be received by February 15, 2024, to be considered.

ODOT Community Charging Rebate Program

ODOT Community Charging Rebate Program

Round 1 of ODOT’s Community Charging Rebate program is now closed. The program provides rebates that cover $4,250-$5,500 per Level 2 charging port, up to 75% of eligible costs, for chargers in public parking lots and at multi-unit dwellings.boba fett kostüm kinder nike solarsoft papuce nike tennis warm up pants australia nike aeroforce 1 07 michael jordan lover dremel værktøj jogging nike gris ensemble inter maglia icardi diesel sneakers 2019 coffret wong kar wai pandora armbanden dames manteau femme 2018 hiver zara midikleid mit knöpfen diesel sneakers 2019 viking sko dame

Another round of funding is expected in 2024. Watch the ODOT program website for information about the timing of the second round of funding.

ODOE Rental Home Heat Pump Program Launches

ODOE Rental Home Heat Pump Program Launches

The Oregon Department of Energy launched a rebate program that supports installation of heat pumps at rental properties. Incentive amounts vary based on tenant income and heat pump efficiency. Rebates are reserved by contractors, and the savings are passed along to the customer. Find out more by visiting the program webpage.boba fett kostüm kinder nike solarsoft papuce nike tennis warm up pants australia nike aeroforce 1 07 michael jordan lover dremel værktøj jogging nike gris ensemble inter maglia icardi diesel sneakers 2019 coffret wong kar wai pandora armbanden dames manteau femme 2018 hiver zara midikleid mit knöpfen diesel sneakers 2019 viking sko dame

Solarize Hood River County

Solarize Hood River County

Haga clic aquí para visitar la página web de «Más energía solar en el condado de Hood River» en español. 

Photo provided by Scott Sorensen.

Thanks for participating in Solarize Hood River County!

The Solarize Hood River County campaign ran from September 6 – October 31, 2022. Over 100 households signed up for a free custom bid during the campaign. If you are interested in learning more about solar energy and battery storage, check out the campaign videos below.boba fett kostüm kinder nike solarsoft papuce nike tennis warm up pants australia nike aeroforce 1 07 michael jordan lover dremel værktøj jogging nike gris ensemble inter maglia icardi diesel sneakers 2019 coffret wong kar wai pandora armbanden dames manteau femme 2018 hiver zara midikleid mit knöpfen diesel sneakers 2019 viking sko dame

Although the campaign is no longer running, households can still be connected with an Energy Trust of Oregon trade ally contractor to request a free custom bid by visiting the following website: Energy Trust of Oregon Solar Bid.

What are the benefits of solar and battery storage?

Installing solar helps you save money on your monthly electric bill. Adding home battery storage to solar allows you to power your home with solar AND save any extra solar power in the battery to use during a power outage when you really need it. These systems use clean energy and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Clean and resilient renewable energy helps to build community-wide prosperity, one household at a time.

solar panels on roof

Foto ofrecida por Scott Sorensen.

Learn more about Hood River County Solarize, solar energy, and solar+storage, and financial incentives by watching the Solarize Hood River workshop videos below.

Introduction
Campaign overview
Solar basics
What makes a home good for solar?
Battery storage

Incentives

Signup and installation

Who was involved in Solarize Hood River County?

The Hood River County Solarize campaign was a community effort that was supported by the following organizations:

Hood River County’s Solarize campaign made efforts to increase access to solar for all residents and provided resources in both English and Spanish. The campaign also worked to reach people with low or moderate income to help them learn about higher income-qualified incentives like Energy Trust of Oregon’s Solar Within Reach and the Oregon Solar+Storage rebate.

Contact MCEDD Energy & Project Manager Lindsay McClure at lindsay@mcedd.org with any questions.

ODOE Renewable Energy Grant Program Round Two Awards

ODOE Renewable Energy Grant Program Round Two Awards

The Oregon Department of Energy recently announced the second round grant recipients for the Community Renewable Energy Grant Program. Three applications in Hood River County were successful. 

Cascade Locks City Hall
The City of Cascade Locks was awarded a grant for construction of a solar plus storage microgrid at Cascade Locks City Hall. The project will use solar to offset utility costs and battery storage to provide backup power during long duration power outages. The City is waiting to hear back from FEMA about a Hazard Mitigation Grant Program application for the same project, which would fund a new roof that is needed for the project to move forward.boba fett kostüm kinder nike solarsoft papuce nike tennis warm up pants australia nike aeroforce 1 07 michael jordan lover dremel værktøj jogging nike gris ensemble inter maglia icardi diesel sneakers 2019 coffret wong kar wai pandora armbanden dames manteau femme 2018 hiver zara midikleid mit knöpfen diesel sneakers 2019 viking sko dame 

Mt. Hood Town Hall
Hood River County was awarded a planning grant to refine the design of a solar plus storage system at Mt. Hood Town Hall. A feasibility analysis in 2021 generated a number of questions. This planning process intends to answer the outstanding questions and produce a design that’s ready for implementation. 

Dee Hydro
The City of Hood River was awarded a construction grant for an in-line hydroelectric project at Dee Bridge. 

Learn more about the grant program and the projects that were awarded by reading ODOE’s press release

Solarize Hood River County Bring Solar Education and Installation Opportunities to the Region

Solarize Hood River County Bring Solar Education and Installation Opportunities to the Region

The Energy Council collaborated with Energy Trust of Oregon, Solar Oregon, and The Next Door Inc. to host a Solarize campaign in the fall of 2022. The two-month campaign supported homeowners who were interested in installing solar or solar+storage by providing educational workshops and the opportunity to sign up for installation with a pre-vetted contractor. Campaign materials and workshops were offered in both English and Spanish. During the campaign, over 60 people attended workshops and over 100 households requested custom solar or solar+storage bids. The campaign’s solar contractors continue to work with households on contracting for installations. We anticipate being able to share the number of households that moved forward with contracts at a later date. 

Learn more about Solarize Hood River County by reading the article below, which originally appeared in the September 14, 2022, issue of the Columbia Gorge News.  

“Solarize Hood River Campaign Brings Affordable Solar Power to the County”