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New solar panels boost Benton County energy goals

It’s part of a project called Solarize Corvallis, paid in part by the local community.

Posted: Sep 30, 2020 5:46 PM
Updated: Sep 30, 2020 5:52 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Benton County is taking steps to reduce its carbon footprint by installing solar panels on a building on SW Research Way.

It’s part of a project called Solarize Corvallis, paid in part by the local community.

“We’ve found that Corvallis residents have been eager to put their money to work in ways that benefit both the planet and our community,” said Annette Mills, facilitator of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition. “The response has been tremendous.”

Community investments pay for solar and battery systems at Corvallis government buildings, low-income housing, nonprofits and schools.

Corvallis residents bought shares of stock in the Benton County project through the Oregon Clean Power Cooperative and will earn a return on their investment over a period of 10 years.

“We have lots of trees shading our house, so we can’t put up solar panels,” said Mayor Biff Traber. "So I was delighted to be able to join the community in investing in these solar projects.”

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