Solar energy advocates make a push in Bend

Photos by Rob Kerr • The Bulletin

Using the recently remodeled 18 N.W. Oregon Ave. building in downtown Bend as their stage, solar energy advocates gathered Tuesday to push for policies to help Oregon regain its ranking among the nation’s top states for the adoption of solar energy. Oregon ranked 13th in the report “Lighting the way: What we can learn from America’s top 12 solar states,” released in July by Environment America. The top 12 states had higher percentages of installed solar per capita in 2012 than Oregon. Advocates say government policies that promote solar can push the state back among the top.

Rob Kerr / The Bulletin The recently renovated 18 NW Oregon Avenue building in downtown Bend features a prominent solar array, along with other energy-saving upgrades, according to Seth Anderson, Ambient Architecture principal architect.
Rob Kerr / The Bulletin Charlie Fisher, at podium, field organizer for Environment Oregon, spoke at a news conference Tuesday about policies that would help Oregon regain its place among the top states for the adoption of solar energy. Other solar advocates, from the left, Mike Riley, executive director of The Environmental Center; Ambient Architecture architects Travis Smith and Seth Anderson and Sunlight Solar President Paul Israel.
Rob Kerr / The Bulletin The solar array, installed by Sunlight Solar of Bend on the 18 NW Oregon Avenue building, became part of the architectural design for the renovated building, said Seth Anderson, Ambient Architecture principal architect.