Solar Beaverton Expects Hundreds of Homes to Install Solar - A Demonstration of Mayor Doyle's Leadership Toward Sustainability

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2011 Beaverton's Mayor Denny Doyle and the City Council have endorsed a fixed-price, consumer-driven solarization program. This is possibly the largest effort to-date in the Pacific Northwest. Local economic development is a focus. Proposal winner LiveLight Energy of Beaverton uses only SolarWorld America of Hillsboro panels and other local vendors. Program Launches MARCH 1 at 10:30 a.m. PST.

We want to help educate our residents about the environmental benefits and affordability of renewable energy use

Beaverton's Mayor Denny Doyle and the City Council have endorsed a fixed-price, consumer-driven solarization program. The Beaverton City Council approved the contract on Tuesday, Feb. 15. The program launches with an announcement by Mayor Doyle, Keith Knowles, LiveLight Energy, andMarvin Talbert, director of automation/engineering, SolarWorld America, on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at Beaverton City Hall, 4755 SW Griffith Drive.

After 2010's successful Solar Beaverton pilot program, Mayor Doyle directed his sustainability team to develop a city-wide program to stimulate the installation of solar technology, promote the use of renewable energy, while supporting local jobs in the Beaverton community.

The City reviewed 13 proposals during the competitive process. LiveLight Energy, LLC, a family-owned Oregon solar design and installation company, was awarded the contract for the City's 2011 community-wide solar program. LiveLight Energy's trade ally for solar panel arrays is SolarWorld, the largest and most experienced U.S. manufacturer of high-performance crystalline silicon solar electric panels, with production facilities and U.S. headquarters in Hillsboro, Oregon. Other system components will be provided by LiveLight Energy's Pacific Northwest trade allies.

According to Cindy Tatham, Project Manager for the Mayor's sustainability program, a core component of the 2011 Solar Beaverton is to encourage sustainability initiatives that citizens can do at their own homes. The program will also provide a simplified process and lowered price to go solar, reduce green house gas emissions, support jobs and local green technology companies.

"We want to help educate our residents about the environmental benefits and affordability of renewable energy use," said Mayor Doyle.

The Mayor is anticipating that more citizens will embrace solar as a viable energy alternative as people become more aware of the environmental and cost benefits associated with solar energy production.

The Solar Beaverton program will include free workshops. For information about the workshops or to schedule one for your employees or community group, call (503) 526-2413, e-mail the City at solar(at)ci(dot)beaverton(dot)or(dot)us, or visit http://www.solarbeaverton.org (website will be live on March 1, 2011)

Editor's note: For information about the Solar Beaverton program, please contact Bill LaMarche, Public Information Manager: (503) 526-3737, blamarche(at)ci(dot)beaverton(dot)or(dot)us ; LiveLight Energy's MaraWoloshin: (503) 310-4504, mara(at)woloshin(dot)com; or SolarWorld's Ben Santarris: (503) 927-9858, ben(dot)santarris(at)SolarWorldUSA(dot)com.

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