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Solar Forward advances, names Hacienda CDC as next site

Through installation of approximately 2,000 systems by businesses and residents, Portland has seen its local solar electric capacity grow from under 4 MW to over 15 MW in the past five years. BPS’s online Solar Map offers a dynamic way to view the growth and locations of residential and commercial solar installations throughout the metro area over the past decade.

Over the last two years, the clean energy team at BPS has researched various approaches to community solar. In 2013 generous funding from the Oregon Community Foundation’s Penstemon Fund, Portfolio 21 Investments, Portland Development Commission, SolarWorld, Umpqua Bank and Wells Fargo launched the Solar Forward project. Solar Forward is a crowd-sourcing initiative that offers Portlanders a way to support the development of new, clean, local renewable energy.

At a recent media event, Hacienda Community Development Corporation (CDC) was named as the next solar installation site for Solar Forward. Hacienda CDC is a Latino community development corporation that strengthens families by providing affordable housing, homeownership support, economic advancement and educational opportunities.

The roof of Hacienda’s new futsal court, part of the Ortiz Center, will soon host a 10 kilowatt solar photovoltaic array. The electricity from the system will offset some of the power used for the court’s lights as well as the community center.

“Hacienda has long believed that environmental amenities should be available to Portlanders of all income levels,” said Victor Merced, executive director, Hacienda Community Development Corporation.  “We are excited for the opportunity to build on our commitment to green building in Cully with the addition of this partnership with Solar Forward.”

Next steps for Solar Forward include coordinating a competitive RFP process to select a solar installation contractor later this spring. Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/solarforward to keep up with project news.

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