Musicians Union hall goes solar


American Federation of Musicians Local 99 is installing a 10 KW solar array on the roof of its Portland union hall, thanks to a federal tax subsidy and a State of Oregon pilot program of “feed-in tariffs.”

The installation will be performed by Synchro Solar using a subcontractor signatory to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 48.

Under a feed-in tariff system, the utility, in this case PGE, pays a fixed, above-market rate for electricity fed into the grid from the solar array.

To celebrate the installation, Local 99 is planning a party Aug. 17 from 3 to 7 p.m. featuring organic food, labor ballads, children’s games, and videos and pictures of the installation. Event co-sponsors include the Portland Jobs with Justice Climate Jobs Committee and the Northwest Oregon Labor Council.


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