New Stevens Ranch Library gets $1 million for solar power system


The Deschutes Public Library is getting a $1 million grant to build a solar photovoltaic system at the future Stevens Ranch Library in east Bend, the library announced Wednesday. The project will help the new library be fully powered by solar.

“It will be an all-electric building, and the solar PV system allows us to capture the sunlight needed to be self-sufficient in terms of energy,” C0mmunications and Development Manager Chantal Strobel said in a statement. “From overhead lights to public computers to a collaborative maker space, the energy we need to operate will be supplied by the sun.”

Construction of the library at the northeast corner of 27th Street and Wilderness Way in Bend will include a solar PV system on the building’s roof and above portions of the parking area. 

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The Oregon Department of Energy supplied the grant from its Community Renewable Energy Grant Program.

The Oregon Department of Energy supplied the grant from its Community Renewable Energy Grant Program. Thirty-nine entities are getting money from the program, including three more in Central Oregon.  

  • City of Bend — $100,000 — Planning for up to 600kW of net-metered solar PV and up to 500kW energy storage across multiple buildings and covered structures at city’s new public works campus in development to offset costs and provide emergency continuous power.
  • Central Oregon Community College — $70,360 — Installation at Central Oregon Community College’s Madras Campus of a net-metered 51kW ground-mount solar PV array to offset 80% of facilities power use via Power Purchase Agreement with Oregon Clean Power Cooperative.
  • Deschutes County — $100,000 — Planning for net-metered 500kW solar PV and minimum 100kW energy storage to support well site pumps for potable water filtration and storage system with part-time power diversion to EV chargers.

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