It’s lighting up Portland’s hottest new development, heating water in Habitat for Humanity homes in Bend, and rinsing, spinning and tumbling in Sutherlin. It’s solar energy and the Energy Trust of Oregon, wants to demonstrate to all Oregonians that solar is a resource that will brighten the state’s energy future.Portland, Oregon – October 23, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The Energy Trust of Oregon is providing a special opportunity for public and nonprofit organizations to propose solar electric demonstration projects of 5 kW or more. Substantial incentives are available to successful proposals to offset system and implementation costs. “Oregon has enormous potential for solar energy,” said Peter West, Renewable Resources Director, Energy Trust of Oregon. “We’re actually a better solar resource that the Sunshine State, Florida. Through these demonstration projects, we will address the perceived barriers such as cost, quality and reliability head-on. Public and high visibility solar installations will show that solar is a great way for Oregon to become more energy self-sufficient and protect our state’s environment.” Successful proposers for the solar energy demonstration projects must show their ability to manage the implementation of the project, as well as to support a communications program to spread the word about the benefits of solar energy through their community and the state. The deadline for responses to the Request for Proposals (RFP) is November 28, 2003; projects must be completed by June 1, 2004. The RFP is available at the link below. The Energy Trust is a nonprofit organization formed in March 2002 to promote energy efficiency and clean renewable resources. The Energy Trust offers assistance and cash incentives to help Oregon customers of Portland General Electric and Pacific Power enjoy the benefits of sustainable energy. Since launching its solar programs in spring 2003, the Energy Trust has initiated 97 projects in homes and businesses around Oregon.