Students at Arleta School sign a demonstration solar panel.

Portland Public Schools unveils upcoming summer solar projects for six schools

February 24, 2015

Portland Public Schools announced last week that six area schools will receive rooftop solar electric systems this summer, with the support of Energy Trust of Oregon, Portland General Electric and Bonneville Environmental Foundation. Over the last 10 years, Energy Trust has provided incentives and assistance for energy-saving upgrades, plus 19 solar electric projects and one […]

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Nest thermostat demonstrates energy savings and home comfort

February 19, 2015

Energy Trust recently completed an evaluation to determine the energy savings of the Nest thermostat in homes heated with electric heat pumps. Nest is a smart thermostat that learns your schedule and adjusts your home’s temperature accordingly, similar to the Honeywell Lyric. Evaluation results showed that the Nest thermostat is a viable technology to achieve […]

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At Jireh Semiconductor, small adjustments lead to big savings

February 9, 2015

The HVAC system at Jireh Semiconductor’s Hillsboro fabrication plant, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alpha and Omega Semiconductor, Ltd., is highly complex because it must operate within narrow product specifications for temperature, humidity and particle control. But that complexity didn’t stop Jireh from investigating whether the company could make HVAC adjustments to reduce energy costs. “I’ve […]

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Claim tax credits for energy upgrades completed in 2014

February 4, 2015

From Energy Trust of Oregon cash incentives to state and federal tax credits, Oregonians have access to many resources to help save and generate energy in their homes and businesses. Energy Trust does not administer government tax credit programs or provide tax credits. However, we do understand how challenging it can be for consumers to sort through […]

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