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We have an economic legacy built upon the abundance of natural resources available in the Northwest. States in the region are consistently turning to sustainable industries to build a base for future job and economic growth. Renewable energy development is leading the charge in the sustainability sector, bringing job creation and local investment to communities throughout the Northwest.
Renewable energy projects aren't just good for the environment, they are also bringing real economic change to our region. This section provides a few case studies of just some of the benefits to Northwest communities.
Renewable energy development is creating jobs at many levels — from the construction & maintenance positions at wind farms, to manufacturing jobs producing solar panels, to the siting, engineering, management and financial positions tied to project development. This is the driver bringing corporate offices & facilities to urban centers, and family-wage support positions to rural counties.
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In the Northwest, opportunities to add significantly to a rural county's tax base are few and far between. Renewable project development is one area that is providing a real boost to county coffers. Local communities are seeing the results through increased support for schools, fire districts, libraries, roads, and many other services.
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Investment in renewable energy projects is an investment that with positive regional impacts, both now and into the future. Even a single project can have significant benefits, often providing resources for local communities beyond job creation and increases to the tax base. Every project has its own story.
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Renewable energy companies have invested $5.4 billion dollars in Oregon.
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Renewable Energy Case Studies
Renewable energy development is transforming the region as companies and family farms harness their own power and catch the sustainability business wave. Check out the stories below for some examples of what others are doing.