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Lake County’s Clean Energy: A Photo Essay

Posted by Bridget Callahan on June 13, 2017

Lake County Summer Tour in Review

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When you think of Oregon communities leading the way toward sustainable, clean energy economies, places like Portland and Eugene come to mind. However, rural Oregon has been steadily paving the way with innovative, community-driven, clean energy projects and programs.

Lake County, located in remote Southern Oregon, has a goal to become a net exporter of clean energy by 2020, in part due to their abundance of geothermal and solar resources. The clean energy leaders in this community showcase the innovative progress taking place across rural Oregon. That’s why Sustainable Northwest, with support from our partners at Lake County Resources Initiative, WyEast RC&D, Energy Trust of Oregon, and the Oregon Department of Energy, hosted the Lake County Summer Tour June 5-7, 2017 an event for our series Making Energy Work for Rural Oregon. SNW assisted in the formation of LCRI and continues to provide their clean energy work with technical and financial support.

This tour took 25 people around the county, visiting a geothermal power plant, a large solar facility, and community facilities including a hospital, correctional facility, and school that are powered by renewable sources. Guests wound down at Summer Lake Hot Springs, took over the Paisley Pioneer Saloon one night, and picnicked in the shade while visiting an impressive Renewable Energy Trailer.

Scroll down for photo highlights from the tour.

Relaxing at Summer Lake Hot Springs
Relaxing at Summer Lake Hot Springs
 Pizza, beer, and good conversation at the Paisley Pioneer Saloon
Pizza, beer, and good conversation at the Paisley Pioneer Saloon
Touring the Paisley Geothermal Power Plant
Touring the Paisley Geothermal Power Plant
Jim Walls with Lake County Resources Initiative, a local clean energy champion
Jim Walls with Lake County Resources Initiative, a local clean energy champion
Americorps RARE Coordinators, supporting rural communities with clean energy programming and project development
Americorps RARE Coordinators, supporting rural communities with clean energy programming and project development
 Lake District Hospital, powered by geothermal energy
Lake District Hospital, powered by geothermal energy
Guests met Lake District Hospital CEO, Charlie Tveit, to learn more about the hospitals clean energy goals
Guests met Lake District Hospital CEO, Charlie Tveit, to learn more about the hospitals clean energy goals
Touring the Black Cap Solar facility outside Lakeview, Oregon
Touring the Black Cap Solar facility outside Lakeview, Oregon
Black Cap Solar project, producing around 8MW of solar
Black Cap Solar project, producing around 8MW of solar
Posing for a group photo at Black Cap Solar
Posing for a group photo at Black Cap Solar
Jim Walls showcasing the Renewable Energy Trailer
Jim Walls showcasing the Renewable Energy Trailer
 Picnic in the park
Picnic in the park

This event was brought to you by Lake County Resource Initiative and Sustainable Northwest.

         

This event was made possible with support from Energy Trust of Oregon, Wy'East Resource Conservation & Development, Oregon Department of Energy, and organizational sponsors Forest Energy Oregon, Wisewood Energy, and Bear Mountain Forest Products.