A recent report by the California-based nonprofit California Institute for Sustainable Technologies (CalISTS) finds that Oregon has more than twice as many solar photovoltaic (PV) installations than the state’s solar power generation.
The report also says that the Oregon solar industry has grown significantly, reaching 1,300 megawatts in 2017.
The study, “Solar in Oregon: A Report on the Future of Energy and the Future State of Solar in the State,” examines the state of solar power in Oregon, as well as the state as a whole.
In the past decade, solar has been one of the fastest-growing renewable energy technologies in the country, and CalISTS has been working to make Oregon’s solar industry more attractive to businesses and residents.
“We found that solar power is a better fit for businesses and communities that need a more diversified energy supply than fossil fuels,” said Lisa J. Sperling, CalISETS executive director.
“As the world’s largest solar market, Oregon has become an attractive destination for companies looking to grow their solar operations and install solar in their homes.”
Solar is not only being installed in Oregon.
In 2017, solar panels were installed in at least 23 Oregon cities, according to CalISERS data.
And in Oregon’s largest city, Salem, solar power reached 1,200 megawatts.
Solar is the fastest growing renewable energy technology in the state, growing to 1,600 megawatts annually by 2020.
The Oregon Public Utilities Commission is the primary agency responsible for overseeing the solar power industry.
CalISOTS is a nonprofit, public-private organization.
Its report was based on data collected by the Oregon Department of Energy.