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EWEB Now Accepting 2021 Greenpower Grant Applications

April 29, 2021

Solar panels on roof of barn

We are now accepting applications for the 2021 Greenpower Grants, worth up to $50,000 each to fund high-impact projects that increase the use of renewable energy sources, the adoption of emerging technologies, clean energy education and/or reduce or offset our community's carbon footprint.

We will fund one or two projects that meet the grant program's goals and benefit customers and the community.

Funds for the grants come from voluntary Greenpower customer donations designated for reinvestment in local renewable projects and programs. Since 2007, thousands of our customers have chosen to support clean, renewable energy by enrolling in the EWEB Greenpower premium subscription program. 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.

We developed the Greenpower Grant Program to help reinvest some of these funds into renewable energy projects, clean energy education, the adoption of emerging technologies, or projects increase carbon sequestration.

The grant is open to tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, schools and academic institutions or government and other public agencies. Applications for the grant could include the installation of renewable energy systems, battery storage systems, research or studies centering on renewable energy, educational curriculum or workshop development, or carbon emission offsets.

The grant application deadline is 5 p.m. on May 31, 2021. The winner or winners will be announced July 5.

A team of our employees will screen grant applicants and select a handful of eligible projects for consideration. If we receive more than two Greenpower Grant applications, our Greenpower customers vote to determine which local projects receive Greenpower grants for up $50,000 each.

Funding criteria and grant applications are available at eweb.org/greenpowergrant.

In 2018, Friends of Trees used its Greenpower grant to plant trees and shrubs along roadways in west Eugene. The project aimed to increase carbon sequestration and engage community members to volunteer and invest in a sustainable future. In 2016, Greenpower grant winner Buena Vista Elementary School installed an 8.6-kilowatt photovoltaic solar array.