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Living Off The Sun, Or, No Electricity Bill

May 19th, 2013 · 6 Comments · energy, global warming and climate change, home & garden, lifestyle

One year into having our rooftop solar panels installed here in Portland Oregon, we’re living off the sun. That’s to say, we producing slightly more electricity than we’re using. Yippee! (The wonks among us call this achieving net zero.) What’s the secret to living off the sun? The secret is to use 


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We’re Getting Solar!

February 17th, 2012 · 3 Comments · energy

We’d thought we couldn’t, since we live at the base of Mt. Tabor — but it turns out we can. Maybe you had thought we couldn’t, since Portland is so rainy — but it turns out that rain is not a problem. Our solar panels are going up onto the roof of our house this [...]


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Living Out The Triple Bottom Line

November 23rd, 2008 · No Comments · energy, sustainability

This is a guest post by Thor Hinckley, manager of Portland General Electric’s renewable energy program. The project he’s describing below embodies sustainability’s triple bottom line of economy, environment and equity (social justice — in this case, jobs for all). ‘Beyond limitations’ is an apt description for John Murphy, President of the Portland Habilitation Center [...]


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