Emerald People’s Utility District customers showed their love by voting to award the $40,000 GREEN Grant to The Love Project Food Pantry. The grant pays for the installation of a new solar electric system on the Fern Ridge Service Center and will benefit the Love Project, which is associated with Mid Lane Cares.

“The system will help lower The Love Project’s day-to-day operational costs and direct those savings to essential services local families need to survive and thrive,” said Bent Mikkelsen, the Emerald PUD director representing the Veneta area.

This award is the second time the community of Veneta has been awarded this grant. “It is inspiring to see our community rally together and vote for this project,” said Pat Coy, Mid Lane Cares board member.

For five years this grant has been offered through Emerald’s GREEN (Giving Renewable Energy to Emerald Neighborhoods) program. It is awarded annually to a nonprofit organization in the Emerald District to finance new renewable energy projects.

The grant is entirely funded by Emerald customer-owners subscribing to the GREEN program who pay a small premium on their bill each month to support renewable energy. “We are fortunate to have EPUD customers who believe in and are financially committed to supporting these local green and clean energy projects,” Mikkelsen said.