Community Project Spotlight: Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center

The Saving Grace solar project is a great example of Blue Sky dollars at work in our communities.

Installing a 43.2-kilowatt solar electric system is a win-win for the animals and for the environment. As a nonprofit, Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center is always looking for ways to improve care for their pets and save money.

The solar system is estimated to produce 45% of the shelter's electricity needs and save them approximately $5,000 per year. This is the equivalent of spaying or neutering 100 cats a year. The more they save on power bills, the more they can spend on the animals.

The project was made possible with funding support from Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program customers. Design, construction and installation of the project was done by Newcastle Solar, based in Myrtle Creek, and went on-line with Pacific Power on June 21, 2018.

Southern Oregon produces solar energy all year long, getting most of its solar energy between May and September during the long, cloudless days. When net metered with Pacific Power, any extra solar electricity is "saved" as credits to be used later when needed, such as in the winter. To see real-time and historical production, click here. 

In celebration, Saving Grace is naming all of their orange kittens names related to the sun. Ravi (Hindu god of the sun), Hyperion and Helios (Titan gods of light and the sun) are three who have already received their second chance for love through adoption.

Another way the center will spread the word about its solar project is through its annual Critter Camp, a weeklong gathering of grade school children where they learn about responsible pet care and career opportunities related to companion animal care. Now, thanks to the solar array, they will learn how animals fit into the greater environment.

“Children are very open to learning in areas they care about and are motivated to change things,” she noted. “As adults, they can be voices for signing up for renewable energy".

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