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The Solar Forward Fund

Grant funds from the Oregon Community Foundation kickstarted the installation of the first 10-kilowatt solar electric system at Southwest Community Center. With generous support from additional funders, Solar Forward installed two more 10-kilowatt systems, one at Oliver P. Lent Elementary School in southeast Portland and one atop the futsal court at Hacienda Community Development Corporation's Ortiz Center in the Cully neighborhood.

The City of Portland set up a special revenue fund to accept community contributions and payments from the utilities authorized under State of Oregon’s Solar Payment Pilot Program. The fund’s purpose is to collect revenue from the three PV systems installed as part of Solar Forward and to fund future “community solar” projects. The fund’s current balance is approximately $37,000. BPS is managing this fund for the forseeable future and may use these funds to support new solar projects as market conditions improve.

Read the fund ordinance.