Klamath Falls Gospel Mission Gains $100,000 Grant

November 11, 2016

Solar array

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Klamath Falls Gospel Mission's plans to build a new Recovery Center on the Klamath Works Campus received a major boost this week as the mission obtained a $100,000 Blue Sky funding award to place a solar energy array atop the new building.

"We want to continue being the place that people in need in Klamath and Lake counties look to for help," said Kent Berry, executive director. "This project will show the importance of making sustainable life choices and allow us to reduce our operating expenses to help more people."

Todd Andres, regional business manager for Pacific Power, said the company was proud to act on behalf of its Blue Sky renewable energy customers who provided the funding through a competitive process. "This array will feature Oregon-made solar panels and serve as a demonstration for clients, volunteers, and the community," Andres said.

Klamath Falls Gospel Mission provides services to those suffering from homelessness, addictions, or are in transition in Klamath and Lake counties. Services include meals, beds, showers, and counseling. The Mission is expanding services to a new Gospel Mission Recovery Center, which will include a commercial kitchen, dining hall, men's shelter, and women's shelter. The buildings will be part of a larger Klamath Works Campus operated by Sky Lakes Medical Center that will have a mental health clinic, sobriety center, and space for job training services.

Depending on the weather, construction should begin soon for completion in late spring 2017.

Blue Sky logoThe Blue Sky renewable energy program provides Pacific Power customers with an easy way to support renewable energy in the region. When customers choose Blue Sky, Pacific Power purchases more renewable energy certificates from regional renewable energy facilities. This guarantees that electricity from these renewable resources is delivered to the regional power pool, reducing the need for non-renewable energy and creating measurable environmental benefits.

Blue Sky customers, numbering more than 500 in Klamath and Lake counties and more than 60,000 statewide, also have contributed more than $9 million toward the construction of more than 90 community-based renewable energy projects in the Northwest since 2006.

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