Tacoma Power announced the winners of its Evergreen Options Renewable Energy Project grant today. More than $90,000 will be awarded to Tacoma Housing Authority and Bates Technical College. The grant money is made possible by Tacoma Power customers who voluntarily pay a small monthly fee to support local projects in renewable energy.

The winners will use the money they receive to implement solar energy projects on their campuses, both of which are located in Tacoma.

“Thanks to the goodwill of local residents who have enrolled in this program, we’re excited to provide these new renewable opportunities — like rooftop solar panels — to organizations helping the community right here in our service territory,” said Chris Robinson, superintendent of Tacoma Power. “These projects complement the renewable hydroelectric power that makes up the majority of Tacoma Power’s electricity.”

The Tacoma Housing Authority plans to use its $50,000 to make its new Arlington Drive Youth Campus, the Crisis Residential Center, more environmentally friendly. The twelve-bed facility, which will serve homeless youth, will break ground in 2019 and will have solar panels integrated into the design thanks to the grant from Tacoma Power.

“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 Housing 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 that.”

The $41,500 awarded to Bates Technical College will allow the two-year public institution to install solar lighting in some of its parking lots — a change that is projected to produce 3,728 kilowatt hours of electricity per year.

All Tacoma Power customers can participate in the Evergreen Options program. People can choose to pay a specific amount, starting at $3, or a percentage of their electric use. Click here to learn how to directly support local renewable energy.