The Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) and the Northwest Renewable Energy Cooperative (NWREC) announced a partnership that will support the development of small solar installations throughout Oregon and Washington. Under the agreement, NWREC will enter into three-year contracts with photovoltaic (PV) system owners and pay them 10¢/kWh for the environmental attributes of the power produced by the systems. BEF will purchase the "green tags" for resale to its wholesale and retail customers. In the first phase of the project, the organizations hope to support the development of up to 30 solar systems.
BEF is also teaming with a new cooperative to support the development of farm-scale wind turbines in the Pacific Northwest. Under the arrangement with Our Wind Co-op, BEF will provide an upfront payment to turbine owners equivalent to approximately one-third the cost of the turbines and will recover its investment by selling "Green Co-op Tags," representing the environmental attributes of the wind energy generated. Initially, the groups will support the installation of ten, 10-kW systems.
BEF also maintains a CO2 calculator that allows individuals and small businesses to determine the carbon impacts of their energy use and travel.
News Release - BEF Stimulates New Small Solar Projects with Advance Purchase of Green Tags: New Program will Kick-start Solar Throughout the Region
News Release - Northwest Non-Profit Groups Launch Wind Co-op
News Release - Bonneville Environmental Foundation Launches Web Based CO2 Calculator
BEF Contact: Pam Field (503) 248-1905
NWREC Contact: Doug Boleyn (503) 655-1617
Our Wind Co-op Contact: Heather Rhoads-Weaver (206) 328-2441