Projects and Stories

Making Energy Work for Rural Oregon

A coalition of Oregon communities advancing innovative clean energy programs, projects and policies across the state


Sustainable Northwest is leading a growing coalition of rural Oregon municipal and nonprofit entities, collectively known as Making Energy Work for Rural Oregon. What started as a series of workshops across the state has evolved into a network dedicated to accelerating the adoption of locally driven, clean energy solutions while advocating for ambitious state climate policies.

Partners touring local solar projects during the 2017 Lake County Summer Tour
Partners touring local solar projects at the 2017 Lake County Summer Tour

Building a network of rural clean energy economies

The Making Energy Work for Rural Oregon coalition hosts workshops and field tours, shares expertise, and works collectively to advance smart energy policies. We pool resources, share best practices, and pilot innovative and replicable projects and programs. 

Sustainable Northwest empowers communities to harness locally grown energy. That's why we teamed up with three Making Energy Work communities to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot: Solar In Your Community Challenge. Our team won the Best Nonprofit Project prize, resulting in 120kW of solar installed on four rural public facilities. Read more about our SunShot success here.

Learn more about this effort and our work to increase access to solar energy.