What is Solar Pioneer II?
The inspiration for Solar Pioneer II is to allow the opportunity for Ashland citizens and businesses to bring renewable energy to the community in a way that is both affordable and does not require home installation.
Solar Pioneer I was launched in 2000 and installed 30kW of Solar Electric generation on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Southern Oregon University and the Civic Center. It was designed to familiarize and educate Ashland about this technology.
Solar Pioneer II built on the earlier program giving our citizens an opportunity to purchase locally generated renewable energy. The City of Ashland has installed a 63.5 kW community solar electric system on the City service center which has excellent solar exposure.
Many City residents and businesses have “adopted” one or more of these solar panels or even a portion of a panel, bringing renewable energy to our community and lowering their electric bill. There are still many panels available for purchase/adoption.
The system consists of 363 solar electric panels and Ashland utility customers who participate in the program purchase the output of panels for the remaining 11 years of the project. Each year the City will credit the electric bill of participants for the amount of renewable electricity their panels have generated. The City will be responsible for the maintenance of the system.
One Time Payment Zero Interest Loan
Full Panel = $407.50 Full Panel = $6.79/mo
1/2 Panel = $203.75 1/2 Panel = $ 3.39/mo
1/4 Panel = $101.87 1/4 Panel = $ 1.70/mo
Nearly half of the panels are still available for purchase. A zero interest loan option with monthly payments deducted from your utility bill is also available. You can purchase a share of Ashland's community solar electricity today or contact the Ashland Conservation Division at 541-552-2046 for more information.
Click Here to review a sample zero interest loan purchase contract
Northwest Community Energy included the Ashland Solar Pioneer II project as a case study on their webiste.