The City of Portland wants solar energy and they are going to the crowd to raise the necessary funding. After receiving grants in the amount of $100,000 from the Oregon Community Foundation’s Penstemon Fund, the city is looking to raise additional funding via contributions from area residents and businesses. Solar Forward is Portland’s first crowdsourcing program. The grant funded the installation of a 10 kilowatt electric system for the Portland Parks & Recreation Southwest Community Center and aided in establishing the revolving community solar fund called Solar Forward.
City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability envisions this as a method to engage in the development of new, clean, local renewable energy systems on public buildings like community centers, schools and libraries. Supporting renewable energy delivers real benefits to the community, from the quality of the air we breathe to the economic opportunity created for Portland’s small businesses and workers. All contributors receive permanent recognition at the host site and the feel-good benefit of reducing global warming pollution and proving a new model for community energy production.
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