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2019 Central Oregon Spring Energy Tour

Posted by Bridget Callahan on March 8, 2019

An exploration of energy and water resilience around Central Oregon

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What a journey! Sustainable Northwest is proud to have hosted the third annual Spring Energy Tour, May 16-17, 2019, this year taking place in and around Central Oregon. 

Touring Three Sisters Irrigation District, a case study on carbon-neutral farming
Touring Three Sisters Irrigation District, a case study on carbon-neutral farming

This event was made possible by strong partnerships with Wy'East RC&D, Energy Trust of Oregon, and Oregon Department of Energy. The 2-day tour brought together local and regional experts in clean energy, sustainable farming, and local resiliency.

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Presentations can be found below:

Rob Del Mar, Oregon Department of Energy, Energy Storage + Solar in Oregon

Kate Fitzpatrick, Deschutes River Conservancy, When Streamflow Restoration and Energy Projects Love Each Other

Jeff Baker, Craft3, Lending to People, Investing in Resilience

Meeting with Cypress Creek Renewable's Neff Solar Project to discuss siting and agricultural uses with solar
We met with Cypress Creek Renewable's Neff Solar Project to discuss siting and agricultural uses with solar

Large piping used to conserve both water and energy
Large piping used to conserve both water and energy

Tour highlights included:

  • An interactive tour at Three Sisters Irrigation District - a model for carbon-neutral farming, irrigation modernization, and river restoration;
  • Panel discussions on "Solar, Storage, and Resilience," and "Financing Your Energy Projects;"
  • A discussion with the City of Prineville and Wisewood Energy about a community-initiated biomass project and managing a growing population;
  • Visit an affordable housing retirement community on the path to "net zero;"
  • Site visit Cypress Creek Renewables Neff Solar Project, with discussions on solar siting and shared solar opportunities; and
  • Evening networking reception at Worthy Brewing, with Farmers Conservation Alliance and Deschutes River Conservancy

Cypress Creek Renewables 10-Megawatt Neff Solar Project
Cypress Creek Renewables 10-Megawatt Neff Solar Project

Micro-hydro energy can be a great investment for landowners, with long term energy savings and water use reduction
Micro-hydro energy can be a great investment for landowners, with long term energy savings and water use reduction

Jeff Baker with Craft3 discusses energy development financing
Jeff Baker with Craft3 discusses energy development financing

Photo credit: Worthy Brewing Company
Photo credit: Worthy Brewing Company


For more information about the Spring Tour or the Making Energy Work Network, contact Bridget Callahan at bcallahan@sustainablenorthwest.org, or (503) 756-0494.

This event was brought to you by Sustainable Northwest, Wy'East RC&D, Energy Trust of Oregon, and Oregon Department of Energy. 


          
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