- The Oregon solar industry reportedly grew 50% in the past year to total roughly 4,500 workers.
- But lawmakers said the tight state budget left little room for prioritizing rooftop solar and that too little time remains to evaluate a new program. The legislative session is due to end next week.
Despite heavy lobbying from solar interests and the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association, lawmakers said challenges with the state budget prevented them from inserting the extension into the budget bill.
“This is a responsible set of priorities given the very, very tight budget environment,” said Sen. Mark Hass, co-chair of the Joint Committee on Tax Credits at the hearing Wednesday, according to the news outlet.
The state is currently facing a $1.7 billion budget shortfall.