If Oregon is to meet its renewable energy goals, it will need to embrace and support projects of all sizes. Protecting an environment in which small-scale projects can engage in energy sales, helps assure that these energy goals will not be primarily met by out-of state sources.
Communities investing in ownership of a renewable energy project are investing in themselves. While specific benefits vary with each differing community, three general benefits typically appear.
Community projects have potential to stimulate local job creation at a higher rate than commercially developed projects. More dollars typically remain within the community, benefiting local economies.
Clean Energy Awareness
Involvement in a community based project offers citizens a hands-on education in clean energy options, stimulating awareness and responsibility.
The responsibility of planning, developing and owning a project fosters greater community confidence, as citizens learn to work toward sustainable energy solutions that will benefit their community and ultimately, the State.