Solarize Pendelton Expands in Second Year - No Money Down and Group-Buy Program Make Photovoltaic Systems a Reality for Eastern Oregonians

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Zero interest loans up to $9,000 are offered to Pendelton, Oregon and area citizens. This second round of solar installations on track to make Eastern Oregon city the largest rural solar community in the United States

The City of Pendleton has expanded a popular low-cost solar program with a series of free workshops and 75 zero interest loans up to $9,000. The program provides homeowners and businesses group-buy savings while enjoying the cost-saving benefits of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Pendleton's solar program employs a unique to Oregon purchasing model that is based on Energy Trust of Oregon incentives combined with state and federal tax credits. This lowers the final price of a complete high quality residential solar system by an average of 80 percent.

And, in an unprecedented and highly innovative move, The City of Pendleton leadership voted last week to expand to 75 the number of zero-interest loans available for tax payers. In 2010, 50 loans were available. Zero-interest loans up to $9,000 are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For information and details contact Lindsey Hardy at the City of Pendleton, Lindsey(dot)Hardy(at)ci(dot)pendleton(dot)or(dot)us.

Free workshops, conducted by Energy Trust of Oregon and Solar Oregon will be offered beginning Tuesday, March 1, to explain the program and outline solar energy cost-savings.

LiveLight Energy, LLC of Oregon, after receiving a 98 percent Pendleton customer satisfaction rating, will be returning as the Solarize Pendleton installer and designer. LiveLight staff will be working with local subcontractors as well as hiring additional professionals. Continuing a buy-Oregon economic model, LiveLight Energy only uses SolarWorld of America panels manufactured in Hillsboro. All other parts and supplies are purchased from Oregon trade partners.

Solarize Pendleton project leaders hope to install more than 75 solar systems in Pendleton by late fall 2011. However, there is no limit to the number of Pendleton residents who can take advantage of this low-cost program. Workshops will end in late spring and a date will be announced in the next 30 days for free energy audit and solar site surveys. For more information:

Editors note: For information about Solarize Pendleton program, please contact Lindsey Hardy at the City of Pendleton, 541-966-0248, email: Lindsey(dot)Hardy(at)ci(dot)pendleton(dot)or(dot)us; contact Mara Woloshin at 503-310-4504 for information about LiveLight Energy. Photographs of photovoltaic homes and construction are available electronically.

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