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Northwest Family Services goes solar
Northwest Family Services’ new solar array will save the charity an estimated 55 percent on its electricity bills in the future.

Northwest Family Services’ new solar array will save the charity an estimated 55 percent on its electricity bills in the future.

Northwest Family Services, which focuses on poverty reduction programs, was awarded an $87,288 PGE Renewable Development Fund award to install a solar panel array and system at their Southeast Portland headquarters.

There’s a ribbon cutting Wednesday, June 21, from 12 p.m.–1 p.m. to celebrate the installation of the new rooftop solar array. The community is invited to come and enjoy a snack and learn more about solar energy.

The building’s solar array reduces its overall carbon footprint, and allows Northwest Family Services to invest the saved energy consumption dollars back into supporting the community. These solar panels provide 31,983 kilowatt hours of electricity annually (at least 55 percent of the building's annual energy consumption). On an equivalent basis, this solar power system offsets the emissions from the consumption of 2,529 gallons of gasoline or 23,985 pounds of coal burned, amounting to a reduction of 22.5 metric tons of CO2 emissions each year.

Northwest Family Services joins 18 other projects awarded funding by the PGE Renewable Development Fund during 2016. The fund is comprised of contributions from customers purchasing renewable power via PGE’s renewable power products. Since 1999, the fund has helped finance more than 7.8 megawatts of new renewable energy generation currently installed in Oregon, with another 3 megawatts under construction. With more than 150,000 participating households, PGE’s renewable power program is the largest renewable power program of its kind in the country.

If you go

RSVP to nwfs.org if you plan to attend.

June 21, noon – 1 p.m.

6200 SE King Rd. in Portland.

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