Facts on the Oregon Solar Industry
- There are currently more than 112 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Oregon, employing 2,900.
- Oregon ranked 14th nationally in Q4 installations. See more solar state rankings.
- In 2012, Oregon ranked 15th nationally in solar capacity installed.
- Oregon ranks 15th nationally in cumulative installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 7,000 homes.
- In 2012, $87 million was invested in Oregon to install solar on homes and businesses. This represents a 8% increase over the previous year, and is expected to grow again this year.
- Average installed residential and commercial photovoltaic system prices in Oregon continue to fall--by 26% from last year. National prices have also dropped steadily--by 14% from last year and 31% since 2010.
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Notable Installations in Oregon
- At 2 MW, the Bellevue Solar Project in Yamhill County provides the CO2 reduction equivalent of taking 268 cars off the road. This photovoltaic system came online in October 2011 and generates enough electricity to power more than 170 homes.
- The Black Cap Solar Project in Lakeview is a 2 MW photovoltaic system that came online in November 2012. This project generates enough electricity to power over 400 homes.
- Outback Solar Project in Lake County came online in late 2012. This 5 MW photovoltaic system produces enough electricity to power over 500 homes.
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Solar Companies in Oregon
There are currently more than 112 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Oregon. These companies provide a wide variety of solar products and services ranging from solar system installations to the manufacturing of components used in photovoltaic panels. These companies can be broken down across the following categories: 32 manufacturers, 16 manufacturing facilities, 38 contractor/installers, 6 project developers, 9 distributors and 27 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support.