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2018 Grant Recipients

 

 

 

Project Overview


The Tacoma Housing Authority will use the $50,000 grant to integrate solar panels into the Crisis Residential Center (CRC) at its new Arlington Drive Campus, which will break ground in 2019. The CRC will be a twelve-bed facility to house, serve and save homeless youth ages 12 to 17. The CRC will be part of a larger campus that will also serve homeless young adults ages 18 to 24. The total capacity of the new solar energy system will be 21 kilowatts. 

"We're pleased to be awarded this grant for solar energy. It not only allows us to contribute to a greener and more sustainable future, it also saves us money," said Michael Mirra, executive director of Tacoma House Authority. "Those savings will strengthen the services we can provide to homeless youth and young adults to give them a second chance at a reasonable adolescence and adulthood without exploitation, impoverishment, and fear. We're grateful to Tacoma Power for helping us do to that." 

Learn more about the Tacoma Housing Authority by visiting their website. 


 

 

 

Project Overview


Bates Technical College is a two-year public institution that has been providing quality training and education to Tacoma/Pierce County for 80 years. The college is known for its commitment to helping students find family-wage level employment. The $41,500 renewable energy grant will allow the school to install solar lighting at its south campus parking lots, which will increase safety and support energy conservation. It is estimated that the project will produce 3,728 kilowatt hours of electricity per year. 

"The South Campus hosts a number of instructional programs, including welding, carpentry, electrical construction and auto mechanics, among others," said Bob Roehl, executive director of facilities and operations. "We are happy to be able to light up the parking lots with renewable energy generated on site."