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The green effect | Local News | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon

Chris Doe is cutting energy consumption by driving an all-electric Nissan Leaf and equipping his College Hill home with solar panels. (Paul Carter/The Register-Guard)

By Christian Wihtol

The Register-Guard

PUBLISHED: 12:00 A.M., MAY 20

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University of Oregon biology Professor Chris Doe showers in water warmed in part by a rooftop solar water heater. He stores his food in a refrigerator powered in part by rooftop photovoltaic cells. He drives an all-electric car that he charges at no cost to himself at an outlet in a parking lot near his UO office.

Lured largely by tax and other financial breaks for all of his green upgrades, Doe has substantially shrunk his and his family’s environmental footprint.

“They all had great tax incentives, which motivated me to do it. It was just too good of a deal,” Doe said.

The solar hot-water and photovoltaic panels have cut his electric use at his College Hill home. Plus, in the summer, he sells excess electricity from his photovoltaic panels to the Eugene Water & Electric Board. His Nissan Leaf requires no gasoline, and he is even able to skip the typical several-dollar cost for each recharge. The UO, as part of its own green push, has installed electric-vehicle charging outlets at new buildings, and Doe plugs into those.

Interviewed last week, Doe noted that another all-electric vehicle was parked next to his in the UO parking lot. “They’re cropping up all over,” he said.

In part because of folks such as Doe, Eugene residents and businesses appear to be buying less electricity, gasoline and diesel, natural gas and water, a new city report has found.

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