Four community organizations are competing for up to $40,000 with Emerald People’s Utility
District’s GREEN Grant.

“We are excited about the programs that were submitted for consideration. The winning
organization will end up saving money on electricity costs, which in turn, will free up funds
that could be used to provide additional community services,” said Scott Coe, EPUD general
manager.

Grant funding comes directly from Emerald PUD customers who voluntarily enroll in the
GREEN program. These customers can vote for their favorite renewable energy project now
through June 6, 2018.

This year’s eligible projects are:

  • St. Vincent de Paul’s community solar project in Saginaw. This application is for
    development of a new solar system at the Saginaw Mobile Home Park to provide local
    renewable energy generation and reduce the total cost of housing for residents in the
    park. The project aims to deliver the first low-income, rural community solar project in
    Oregon.
  • Aprovecho’s solar system with battery backup in Cottage Grove. This application
    is for installation of new solar panels on the organization’s campus to enhance the
    site’s energy resiliency and reduce dependence on the electric grid. The project will
    help reduce operational costs and increase the organization’s effectiveness as a
    sustainability teaching and demonstration center.
  • Mid Lane Cares’ solar system, phase II in Veneta. This application is for construction
    and installation of solar panels on the roof of the Fern Ridge Service Center. The
    proposed project will benefit The Love Project food pantry, helping to lower the
    organization’s operational costs and direct the savings toward essential services.
  • Branch Road Farm School’s solar system in Cottage Grove. This application is for
    construction and installation of a new solar power system at the Branch Road Farm
    School. The proposed project will provide renewable energy generation, community
    education and demonstration, and additional shelter for the school.

CLICK HERE to read more about these projects, vote for your favorite, or sign up for EPUD’s renewable energy program, GREEN.