Originally crafted by someone from SE Uplift (Tim O'Neal) and someone from the Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association (Stephanie Stewart) the first iteration of the Solarize Portland project quickly expanded to become a partnership between several SE Portland neighborhoods and the SE Uplift Neighborhood Sustainability Program. The first Solarize Portland project (launched June 6, 2009 and closed September 15, 2009) mainly focused on homes in Southeast Portland. But we learned very quickly that the interest and excitement around going solar at home exists city-wide, even statewide. Which is why Solarize Portland now lives within the City of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.