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Gov. Kate Brown: Investigate $12 million in tax credits for solar scheme

Ted Sickinger & Jeff Manning, The Oregonian/OregonLive on March 04, 2015

Gov. Kate Brown wants the Oregon Department of Justice to investigate the questionable award of $12 million in state tax credits used to finance a massive installation of solar panels at Oregon Institute of Technology and Oregon State University.

The Justice Department's Criminal Investigation Division was initially asked to look into the matter last week by Michael Kaplan, the director of the Oregon Department of Energy. Kaplan reacted after an investigation by The Oregonian/OregonLive that found his agency relied on phony and misleading documents in approving the tax credits in 2012.

State rules compel the Energy Department to revoke tax credits obtained by fraud. But the agency has no record of going after questionable energy tax credits once they've been issued, and the Justice Department is being tight lipped about whether it will launch an investigation.

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