Beaverton offers discounted solar panels

Beaverton is partnering with a California solar company to provide discounted panels to 50 homes in a pilot sustainability project.

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Beaverton hopes to lead suburbs in adoption of new sustainability measures, by partnering with California-based SolarCity to provide discounted solar panels to 50 homes.

Mayor Denny Doyle will announce the project this week as the first initiative in Beaverton’s new sustainability plan.

Company officials say they’re confident that solar demand exists beyond Portland’s environmentally friendly borders and into the suburbs.

“We sure do think so. We’ve gotten great reception within the city,” said Rob LaVigne, the Portland regional director for SolarCity. “I don’t think it’s just a city-centric mindset.”

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