Waves and Sun: Renewable energy folk set for coast conferences

Dennis McCoy | Sacramento Business Journal

Solar panel champions and Oregon's wave energy enthusiasts will hold conferences this week on the Oregon Coast.

A pair of conferences on different parts of the Oregon Coast will cast light on two very different renewable energy forms.

The Oregon Wave Energy Trust’s conference runs through Wednesday and Thursday at the Liberty Theater in Astoria. The conference runs in conjunction with Oregon Wave Week V and the Ocean Renewable Energy Conference VIII.

OWET’s theme, “Community and Industry: Collaboration, Innovation and Opportunity” will filter through such presentations as:

“The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center: Good for Developers, Good for Oregon,” which will examine functions of the five-year-old Department of Energy initiative.

“Technology Innovation: Industry Response to Stakeholder Concerns.”

“Protecting the Ocean with Good Business Practices.”

On Thursday, the Solar Now! University event begins in North Bend. The meeting, which focuses on educating community solar types on what they need to run training and outreach programs in their communities, will focus on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Rooftop Solar Challenge II. That challenge is aimed at innovative, local government solutions for eliminating market barriers and lowering soft costs of grid-tied photovoltaics.

Sarah Higginbotham, of Environment Oregon, will deliver the event’s keynote address.

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