Portland gets first community solar project

Portland gets first community solar project

Portland's Southwest Community Center is getting a set of solar panels from an Oregon Community Foundation grant.

The effort marks the simultaneous launch of a revolving loan fund, fed through crowdfunding, that aims to back solar installations on public facilities.

Susan Anderson, director of the city's Planning and Sustainability bureau, said the project will become Portland's first "community solar" fund endeavor. The idea is that renters or homeowners who can't install solar units in their own residences can contribute to a renewable energy project.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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