>Local seminar set for Oct. 4

   Purchasing a photovoltaic or hot water solar system has never been more affordable for homeowners in Central Oregon.
   Go Solar! Central Oregon, a local program sponsored by the Environmental Center, makes "going solar" easier and more affordable for homeowners in the Central Oregon area.
   The program was recently extended until Oct. 31 to allow more homeowners take advantage of it, according to Marika Smiley, project coordinator.
   "The prices have never been lower in our area and the federal, state and Energy Trust of Oregon rebates, together with the discounts offered by our two contractor partners, make the prices even lower," said Smiley.
   Go Solar! Central Oregon is partnering with E2 Solar Energy and Sunlight Solar.
   A free informational seminar will be held on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Jefferson County Library.
   Registration for the event is requested at
   On the website, residents can also obtain more information about solar photo voltaics, solar water heating, and pricing.
   Mentioning the plans for the Madras City Hall to have a solar-powered quick station, Smiley said that it is "a sign of the forward-thinking of the city of Madras."
   She hopes other local residents will follow the city's example "and take advantage of our abundant Central Oregon sun."
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