Since 2007, thousands of EWEB customers have voluntarily chosen to support clean renewable energy and the environment through their participation in EWEB’s Greenpower program. The EWEB Greenpower grant program is part of our effort to reinvest Greenpower funding back into the community.
In 2015, the Bethel School District was awarded a Greenpower Grant of up to $50,000 to fund its Bethel Green Energy Demonstration Site project at Kalapuya High School. The project included the installation of two solar photovoltaic electric arrays mounted on adjustable frames, and a retractable wind turbine, next to the school’s greenhouse and wetland.
With the help of a solar contractor, AC electrician and the University of Oregon, the Bethel Green Energy Demonstration installation began in July 2015. Kalapuya is happy to announce, that construction for the two photovoltaic electric arrays and the retractable wind turbine, have successfully concluded.
Retractable wind turbine and two solar panels at Kalapuya High school.
The EWEB Greenpower Grant program is designed to fund high-impact projects and programs that drive advancements in renewable energy for local customers, with emphasis on EWEB products, resources and priorities.
The Bethel Green Energy Demonstration program will launch in January 2017, with 14 to 45 students using green technologies to apply hands-on STEM learning.
Kalapuya Principal Kee Zublin, is currently working with the University of Oregon Solar Radiation Monitoring Laboratory to develop a curriculum relevant to solar technologies and principles of scientific investigations.
“By comparing wind energy production and solar energy production at this site, and then using those variables at another location, students will hopefully be able to conclude that there is no one size fits all approach to green energy. Some sites are more suited for wind and some are more suited for solar,” says Kee Zublin, Kalapuya High School principal.
Solar array on the high school barn that was built by Kalapuya students in the summer of 2016.
The farm is essential to the High School because as part of their Agriculture program, students grow vegetables that go directly to cafeterias in their school districts and to district families most in need of healthy, fresh produce.
Starting in January, the solar array system will be a key part in running the high school’s farm without spending any money on energy. In addition, the energy generated will be sent back to EWEB’s utility grid.
High school students currently conduct several experiments for fourth graders who complete an onsite ‘outdoor school’ day. In January, the wind and solar installations will be part of this trip. This will enhance the elementary school students experience by allowing them to work with real gadgets.
“We are so grateful to EWEB for working with us, giving us this resource and continuing to guide us through this process. We’ve had a long -ime relationship with EWEB that has been really beneficial to our school. Our partnership with EWEB has enriched the lives of some many of our students. We are very, very grateful,” says Zublin, Kalapuya High School Principal.