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2018 Greenpower Grant Vote Is Underway

April 30, 2018

Elementary school aged kids with solar panels in fornt of school

Online voting is underway for 2018 EWEB Greenpower Grants worth up to $50,000 each.

Five Eugene organizations have made the final cut for consideration, and the winning projects will be chosen by a majority vote of EWEB Greenpower customers. Voting will continue through May 11.  

Emails with a link to the online ballot were sent to Greenpower customers on April 30.   If you are a Greenpower customer and you did not receive an emailed ballot, please contact us at CustomerRelationship.Management@eweb.org or by phone at (541) 685-7607.  

Greenpower Grant finalists for 2018 include:

  • Eugene Science Center: 32.5-kilowatt photovoltaic array with battery back-up
  • Eugene Waldorf School: Micro-grid with 2.65-kilowatt photovoltaic array and battery back-up
  • Friends of Trees: Volunteers will plant 600 trees in west Eugene for cooling and carbon sequestration
  • Pearl Buck Center: 24-kilowatt photovoltaic array
  • St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County: Photovoltaic array to serve the Youth House for Boys  

Read the five project summaries here. Winners will be announced on May 14.

Funds for the grants come from voluntary Greenpower customer donations designated for reinvestment in local renewable projects and programs. Since 2007, thousands of EWEB customers have chosen to support clean, renewable energy by purchasing EWEB Greenpower. They buy $1.50 or $10 "blocks" of Greenpower, or voluntarily dedicate 100 percent of their energy use to Greenpower by paying an extra penny per kilowatt-hour of consumption.

EWEB developed the Greenpower Grant Program to help reinvest some of these funds into renewable energy projects, education or those that help offset the community's carbon footprint. The annual grants are open to tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, academic institutions or government and other public agencies.

Since 2009, the program has awarded more than $1 million in grants to 19 local nonprofit projects.