In April, EPUD announced the opening of its 2021 GREEN Grant competition but the popular annual event did not receive the usual enthusiastic response. Due to the pandemic and the countless challenges that followed throughout 2020, several local schools and nonprofit organizations that normally would have been eager to apply simply did not have the resources needed to prepare a project application. Shortly before the deadline, a single application was submitted. A worthy project had been proposed by Territorial Elementary School in Junction City.
As the only candidate in 2021, the grant was awarded to the school without a need for a competition.
The Winning Project
The exciting project is expected to begin in December. It calls for an 11.18 kW solar array to be positioned on the front facing roof of the elementary school, where it will generate more than 13,949 kWh of electricity per year for the next 35+ years. With that rate of solar generation, the school stands to save more than $1,130 per year!
The solar array will also provide a tangible application of the technology, giving students the opportunity to learn how the photovoltaic (PV) systems are installed and how they work.
The GREEN Grant
The GREEN Grant is offered through EPUD's GREEN program and is entirely funded by subscribers who support renewable energy. The grant is awarded to nonprofit organizations in EPUD's District to finance new renewable energy projects.
Previous winners include Creswell Food Pantry, Lost Valley Education Center, Pleasant Hill School District, Mid Lane Cares, and The Love Project Food Pantry.