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Oregon to Receive $9.5 million in Recovery Act Funds for Energy Projects

 October 1, 2009 Jillian Schoene,
  (503) 378-5040
  Courtney Warner Crowell
 (Governor's Economic Recovery)
  (503) 378-3554
  Lou Torres (ODOE)
  (503) 378-3637
  Shelley Snow (ODOT)
09-30 (503) 881-5362
More than $1.7 million will help expand the Oregon Solar Highway Project

(SALEM) - The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that Oregon will
receive more than $9.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
(Recovery Act) funding to support energy efficiency and conservation
activities across the state. This funding is part of the state's Energy
Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program for cities and
counties to establish efficiency and conservations projects in their

The EECBG program is administered by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Under the program, the state will deploy energy-efficiency, conservation
and renewable energy projects in the building, institutional,
commercial, transportation and public sectors.

"This is another excellent opportunity for Oregon to make investments in
energy efficiency and renewable energy development," said Governor Ted
Kulongoski. "This funding will help local communities adopt clean,
reliable and efficient energy projects and expand the Oregon Solar
Highway Project, further establishing Oregon's leadership in
sustainability and innovative renewable energy projects."

More than $1.7 million from the EECBG program will be used by the Oregon
Department of Transportation (ODOT) to continue development of solar
power on ODOT property. The state unveiled the nation's first solar
highway project in 2008, in which arrays of solar panels built along the
highway produce electricity for lighting a major intersection of two
interstate highways in the Portland area.

"This monetary award recognizes our cutting-edge approach to powering
the transportation system with clean, renewable energy," said ODOT
Director Matt Garrett. "Our solar highway demonstration project has been
extremely successful, and now we have support for building on that

ODOT has several potential solar highway projects in varying stages of
review: a site in West Linn along I-205; a site behind the Baldock Rest
Area on I-5 south of Wilsonville; and an expansion of the existing
I-5/I-205 demonstration project site.

The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) will provide at least 60 percent
of the state's EECBG funding for cities and counties. These funds will
be passed through ODOE to local cities and counties not eligible for
direct EECBG awards from the U.S. DOE. The EECBG was funded for the
first time by the Recovery Act and provides formula grants to state,
cities, counties, territories and federally-recognized Indian tribes.

For more information about Recovery Act funding, please refer to