Solar energy advocates make a push in Bend

Call for polices to promote solar and make Oregon a national leader

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.