BEAVERTON, Ore., April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, EasyStreet® Online Services has endorsed Solar Beaverton, the city initiative that encourages residential use of 2011 state and federal tax credits and local incentives to lower the price of a residential solar system by as much as 80 percent. Oregon's largest independent Internet and IT services provider hosted its first on-site solar workshop in March and has made a commitment to support employee residential sustainable efforts with workshops, approved staff release time for home energy audits and related continuing education. City of Beaverton sustainability staff and other Solar Beaverton partners of this community-based solar program have set a goal of 220 residential photovoltaic installations for this year.
The company's leadership is dedicated to alternative energy as a core corporate value; EasyStreet's Green Team includes President and CEO Rich Bader. Last January, EasyStreet launched a new energy-efficient data center at its Beaverton campus. Bader says that the electricity saved by the sustainable technologies used is equal to eight train carloads of coal annually. In addition to supporting Solar Beaverton efforts, EasyStreet has established energy goals for this year that include staff education about sustainable work systems, investigation of conversion of waste heat from the data center to heat office space, and energy and office waste audits. Bader and other EasyStreet Green Team members encourage employee involvement in Solar Beaverton because homeowners can enjoy immediate reductions in their electricity bill by producing clean, renewable energy at their homes.
Solar Beaverton is a fixed-price solarization program. There is a June 30 deadline for participants to sign up for free on-site home solar assessments. Qualifying homes can take advantage of cash incentives from Energy Trust of Oregon to make solar affordable. Homeowners are encouraged to call the Solar Beaverton contractor LiveLight Energy at 1-888-919-2887 (1-888-91-WATTS), or visit www.solarbeaverton.org.
For Solar Beaverton photovoltaic system pricing, workshops, family programs and related events visit www.solarbeaverton.org. Information about EasyStreet Online Services and its corporate policy of sustainable business practices: www.easystreet.com.
Editor's note: For information about the Solar Beaverton program, please contact Cindy Tatham, City of Beaverton Sustainability Project Manager 503.526.2545, [email protected]. Interviews with Rich Bader are available, contact Karen Karger at EasyStreet Online Services: (503) 601-2608, [email protected]. Photographs of photovoltaic homes and construction are available electronically.
SOURCE City of Beaverton