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Innovation & Learning Center Becoming A Reality

The Innovation & Learning Center (ILC) is moving faster than any of us thought. Progress to-date:

1. KCC and Lake County Commissioners MOU has been signed

2. LCSD#7 and KCC MOU has been signed

3. Oregon Solutions Project designated by Governor Kitzhaber has been completed. Go to publications to view the signed Declaration of Cooperation.

4. Agreement is in place with Oregon State University (OSU) to provide a four year Ag degree program at ILC

5. Daily Middle School (DMS) Facility Assessment has been completed

6. Grant funds are being pursued

7. Needs assessment has been completed

8. KCC is pursuing funding for video conferencing equipment and committed 6 computers to the computer lab

9. KCC has established an office in the south wing of DMS until the seismic work is completed on the north wing

10. KCC has hired Christy Tveit to run the KCC Lakeview Campus at the ILC on a half-time bases and is consideringILC-classes advertising the position for full time

11. Currently Christy has 33 students signed up for classes taking 313 credits

12. Geothermal source project is on track to provide geothermal heating to all LCSD#7 facilities by next fall including ILC

13. A financial plan to compete the remodel of DMS is underway

14. LCSD#7 school board is working with Obsidian Renewables on a solar project that would net meter the supervisors office, Lakeview High School and the ILC. If approved this would provided those facilities 80% of their electrical needs for the next 20 years at no cost beyond the purchase of the system in 2018-2019

PBS, This American Land features Lake County Renewable Energy


This American Land

This American Land


To view the PBS show This American Land about Lake County Renewable Energy click Here.


Renewable Energy Demonstration Trailer

The demonstration trailer generated a lot of interest at the Irish Days celebration (Bob and Katie even drove it in the parade) and at the North Lake School Science Fair, March 2013. As a result of these events people are starting to approach us about bringing the trailer to other community events as well. We were invited to participate at North Lake School’s “Renewable Energy Day” on Tuesday, April 30th and share the trailer with the 4th and 5th grade classes. Also the trailer was present at the Courthouse in Lakeview on April 29th as a part of “Air Quality Awareness” Week. After that, we set up at the Christmas Valley Spring Bazaar on Saturday, May 4th and then on May 16th presentations were given at Paisley School to students in grades 3-12. Our next event will take place in Paisley on June 15th. We hope to see you there!

Items being worked on:

•Graphics for the trailer’s exterior

•Signage explaining renewable energy technologies and energy conservation

•Sprucing up the trailer interior and/or working on additional renewable energy demos

•Professionally designed outreach materials

•Planning outreach events in Paisley and Adel this spring

•Building a network of Renewable Energy Ambassadors (see Post on Ambassadors)

If your interested in scheduling an event for the trailer contact Emily at Solar Oregon, 503-231-5662, ; or Katie at LCRI, 541-947-5461,

Paisley Workshop Flier

Paisley Workshop Flier

Become a Lake County Renewable Energy Ambassador

brochre-emblemAmbassadors are individuals who have installed renewable energy systems on their residence or business who want to tell others about the benefits of living with solar, wind and/or geothermal. These early adopters are often the best spokespersons for renewable energy and their goal is simple – to help others achieve energy independence and bring renewables into their lives.

The Renewable Energy Ambassador’s role is to:Ambassador-picture

• Inspire people with their enthusiasm for renewable energy

• Share their reasons for introducing renewable energy at their home or business

• Describe what it’s like to live with solar, wind and/or geothermal


These homeowners and business owners fill in some of the information gaps that data sheets and promotional materials just can’t provide – all with their own personal stories. All Ambassadors receive their own webpage, describing their renewable energy system(s) and other energy saving features of their home. This collection of webpages will create a Renewable Energy Ambassador directory that other Lake County residents can access for information and inspiration.


Interested in learning more or becoming a Renewable Energy Ambassador? Go to, email or call 503-231-5662; or email or phone ; 541-947-5461.

Land Conservation and Development Commission

Land Conservation and Development Commission held there regular board meeting here in Lakeview on July 19-20. Ken Kestner, Lake County Commissioner; Ray Simms, Lakeview Town Manager; and I gave the commission a tour of renewable energy Projects. The projects included the Black Cap Solar, Lakeview Solar, Town of Lakeview geothermal system for Warner Correction facility and Iberdrola biomass projects. The contractor Swinerton hired almost all local labor which was great for our local economy.

The Black Cap site will be the largest in Oregon but Obsidian has started a 5 MW solar project in Christmas Valley and when finished it will be the largest in the State.

At the Obsidian site in Lakeview Obsidian is planning on building a barn for 4H and FFA espically for kids who want to raise animals but do not live on a ranch or farm.



January-June Renewable Energy Progress Report



2012 Progress Report