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April 03, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

When The Neighbor's Tree Is Shading Your Solar Panel

A coworker of mine is in a sticky situation: He's been asked to move a tree that has grown so tall it now casts a shadow on his neighbor's rooftop solar panel.

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Filed under: Environment, Renewable energy, Solar power


March 13, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Boardman Biofuel Plant Starts Production

The ZeaChem biorefinery in Boardman is officially producing ethanol from sawdust.

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Filed under: Energy, Renewable energy, ZeaChem, Biofuel


March 05, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Why We're So Far Behind On Biofuel Targets

A major cellulosic ethanol project is underway in Boardman, but the U.S. is hopelessly behind on reaching its targets for production nationwide.

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Filed under: Renewable energy, Ethanol, Biofuel


Feb. 25, 2013 · By Cassandra Profita

Portland Could Generate Renewable Power In City Water Pipes

The city of Portland is nearing final approval on a new system that will generate hydropower inside city water pipes.

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Filed under: Environment, Renewable energy, Lucid Energy


Dec. 19, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

In Corvallis: Solar Panels That Rival Fossil Fuels?

A Corvallis startup called Inspired Light is developing solar cells that are both more efficient and less expensive than conventional solar panels. Continue reading →

Filed under: Renewable energy, Solar power, Inspired Light, Oregon BEST


Nov. 14, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

Vestas Americas President: "We're here to stay."

Sustainable Business Oregon interviewed outgoing Vestas Americas president Martha Wyrsch, who has decided to leave the company in December. Continue reading →

Filed under: Renewable energy, Vestas, Wind energy


Nov. 09, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

Vestas VP: It's "A Tough, Tough Time" For Renewable Energy

I went to the Clean & Affordable Energy Conference in Portland today and listened to a panel on the role of natural gas in the future of clean energy. Continue reading →

Filed under: Renewable energy


Oct. 10, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

Commerce Confirms Tariffs On Some Chinese Solar Panels, But Not All

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced a decision today to impose tariffs on some imported Chinese solar panels but not all. Continue reading →

Filed under: Renewable energy, Solar power, SolarWorld


Sept. 27, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

SoloPower Opens Portland Plant, Making "Lightest Solar Panels Per Watt"

San Jose-based SoloPower celebrated the opening of its new flexible solar panel manufacturing plant in Portland today. Continue reading →

Filed under: Renewable energy, Solar power, SoloPower


Sept. 20, 2012 · By Cassandra Profita

U.S. Gets As Much Energy From Trash As Geothermal

The Energy Information Administration put out this map of waste-to-energy output across the country. It represents the megawatts of power generated, essentially, by burning trash. The trash is burned to generate steam to drive turbines that generate power. Continue reading →

Filed under: Energy, Renewable energy, Garbage, Waste-to-energy



About Ecotrope

In the Pacific Northwest, the environment is personal - it's where we live, work and play. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ecotrope will bring you news and insight on the region’s environmental issues. Site curator Cassandra Profita is an award-winning reporter with degrees in journalism and environmental studies.

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