For Immediate Release: June 13, 2011
Sierra Club, RS Energy Launch Rooftop Solar Campaign
Program will save homeowners thousands and create green jobs
by offering best solar installation rates in Oregon
Portland, OR – Today, the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club and Tualatin-based RS Energy announced a groundbreaking agreement that will provide rooftop solar installations at rates that almost every Oregon homeowner can afford. The discounts will be offered to the Sierra Club’s approximately 20,000 members in the state, as well as to homeowners who choose to become Sierra Club members.
“We’re thrilled about this opportunity to empower our members and supporters to save thousands of dollars on their energy bills and be part of shaping Oregon’s clean energy future,” said Brian Pasko, Director of the Sierra Club’s Oregon Chapter. “Moving Oregon beyond the use of coal as an energy source has been a key priority for the Sierra Club for years, and this new program is integral to the success of that campaign. We recognize that our own members and citizens across the state have a real opportunity to influence Oregon’s future energy mix, and we’re excited to be able to help them seize that opportunity!”
The program guarantees one of the lowest solar installation rates in Oregon and is estimated to save the average homeowner $10,000 or more on their energy bills over the life of the installed system. Typical customers will see immediate reductions of 25% or more on their electricity costs.
After an extensive review, the Sierra Club chose to partner with local solar installer RS Energy, which enjoys a reputation as one of Oregon’s premier solar installers. RS Energy shares the Sierra Club’s commitment to creating a vibrant clean energy economy and intends to make a financial contribution to the Sierra Club’s work to protect Oregon’s environment for every kilowatt hour of solar installed through the program.
“We are excited to work with the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club to bring affordable, clean energy to Oregon homeowners. This innovative partnership reduces Oregonians’ electric bills, cuts our dependence on fossil fuel, and creates one green job for every seven projects completed,” said David Richards, a Partner at RS Energy.
Interested homeowners will receive a free solar evaluation of their home, and will be presented with a range of affordable solar options tailored to fit a particular homeowner’s energy use and financial needs.
“If you asked me six months ago what I thought about solar in Oregon, I would have said ‘no way’ – that you’d have to be rich to install rooftop solar in our rainy region,” said Pasko. “But, after our work with RS Energy I am so convinced of the promise of this program that I was the first to sign up!” Last week Pasko and his wife installed 18 solar panels on their home in Boring, Oregon. “I’m ready to tell my neighbors across Oregon about this amazing opportunity to save a lot of money, encourage energy independence, create new jobs, and protect our planet,” said Pasko.
More information about the “Go Solar with the Sierra Club” program can be found at http://www.oregon.sierraclub.org/solar.