2017 Lake County Summer Tour

Posted by Bridget Callahan on April 10, 2017

The 2017 Summer Tour took partners to Lake County to learn how this rural county is a renewable energy exporter


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Our 2017 Lake County Summer Tour offered a fun and informative trip through beautiful Lake County, a community that will become a net-zero county and energy exporter by 2020. The tour showcased the region's leading renewable energy projects, including a geothermal power plant, a large 8MW solar facility, and several community buildings benefiting from real energy savings.

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The summer tour is an extension of the Making Energy Work for Rural Oregon workshop series.

Tour Agenda

Monday, June 5, 2017

Arrived in the afternoon at Summer Lake Hot Springs and enjoyed dinner and drinks in at the Paisley Pioneer Saloon.

Summer Lake Hot Springs
Summer Lake Hot Springs
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Met for breakfast and took a morning tour of the Paisley Geothermal Power Plant with the local utility, Surprise Valley Electric Cooperative.

The group traveled south to Warner Creek Correctional Facility and toured the geothermal-powered facility with Superintendent Steve Brown. Afterwards, they headed south to to Lakeview, Oregon and enjoyed a brown bag lunch and toured Lake County Resources Initiative's Renewable Energy Trailer. Afternoon tours included the Lake District Hospital, Black Cap Solar Facility, and 4-H Facility. The group relaxed for a few hours, checked into lodging accommodations and regrouped for dinner and drinks at Eagles Nest Food and Spirits.

Touring the Paisley Geothermal Power Plant
Touring the Paisley Geothermal Power Plant

Group photo outside a large solar facility
Group photo outside a large solar facility

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Attendees gathered at the Innovation and Learning Center for coffee, donuts, and a round table discussion on rural energy. This included a policy briefing led by Sustainable Northwest. Afterwards, the group wrapped up and headed home. 

Registration for this event is now closed.

This tour was brought to you by Lake County Resources Initiative and Sustainable Northwest.


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

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