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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. 

A trusted and effective partner

Sustainable Northwest serves as a bridge for rural, often geographically isolated communities on statewide policies and initiatives, technical assistance, financial and program support, and energy and resilience planning.

Is your community looking to build a clean energy economy? Contact Lee Rahr, Energy Program Director, to learn how we can support you:, (503) 318-8607.

Learn more about the workshops, field tours, and annual symposiums:

Fourth Annual Fall Energy Symposium - Klamath Falls - October 17-18, 2019

Central Oregon Spring Energy Tour - May 16-17, 2019

Third Annual Fall Energy Symposium, Bend - November 1-2, 2018

Coos County Spring Energy Tour - May 21-22, 2018

Second Annual Fall Energy Symposium, Hood River - October 16-17, 2017

Lake County Summer Energy Tour - June 5-7, 2017

Fall Energy Symposium, Roseburg - October 13-14, 2016

Douglas County - April 7, 2016

Klamath Falls - February 26, 2016

John Day - November 19, 2015

Hood River - November 6, 2015

Talent - Saturday, October 24, 2015

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To become a sponsor, contact Lee Rahr, Energy Program Director,