Sol Power to the People

p3_solarpanelAffordable solar power and its many incentives are the topics of discussion scheduled for the fourth installment of the Corvallis Climate Conversation series at the Benton County Library on Tuesday, April 22. Members of the Corvallis Climate Change Action Campaign and other local leaders involved in the solar power movement will talk about ways individuals in the community can work together towards a more sustainable energy future. Guests will learn how to circumvent rising energy prices by using solar power, even if they rent or are unable to afford the initial cost of installation.

Presenter Julie Williams will speak about how the non-profit organization Seeds for the Sol assists low-income homeowners in getting solar power for their homes and how other community members can invest in homes where solar is installed. Seeds for the Sol has also developed a method for investors to access tax incentives, which help homeowners pay back their zero-interest loan with very little cost.

Local solar energy installers James Reismiller from Abundant Solar, Matthew Henderson of Benton Electric, and Laura Uhler of Solar Ki, LLC will be on hand to discuss solar installation incentives, including tax information. Dan Orzech from PowerUp Development will share the state’s new community solar law in addition to other solar energy ideas and issues.

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Climate Change Conversation #4 is on Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at the Corvallis-Benton County Library, 645 SW Monroe Avenue. The event is free.

By Patrick Fancher