Hacienda CDC

Hacienda Community Development Corporation (Hacienda CDC) provides affordable housing, after school programs, financial education, parenting support, small business development and homeownership support to a predominantly Latino population in the Portland, Oregon area. Hacienda CDC has incorporated energy efficiency and renewable energy into a number of their properties.

A new solar array on their North Portland main office building will feature Oregon-made solar panels that reduce operating costs, enhance existing energy efficiency education programs, and complement Hacienda CDC’s electric vehicle car-sharing pilot, which received support from Pacific Power.

The 35.19 kW solar photovoltaic system is sized to fit onto the roof of Hacienda CDC’s main office building. The system size provides enough power to offset 32% of the buildings annual usage. All components are made in the U.S.A. 

Annual energy savings from the solar production will contribute to the overall operational sustainability of Hacienda CDC as a nonprofit and allow more funds to be available for community programming and support. The system will reduce the carbon footprint of their office by over a third and provide a strong social cue to the neighborhood about the future of sustainable energy production. The existence of a large solar power system in the Cully neighborhood will also add to a sense of innovation to the Cully community’s pride of place. 

In addition, all community members will pass through the lobby where the kiosk will be prominently display real-time information on solar production. Live monitoring »

Community Energy Project has also signed on to help with community wide adult education surrounding the solar panel function and general energy saving education. 

Hacienda’s Expresiones youth will also participate in a solar energy workshop in partnership with Sunbridge Solar which will include a solar panel they can interact with close up. 

In addition, the design will include emergency power outlets for the community.  

Hacienda is a Latino community development corporation that strengthens families by providing affordable housing, homeownership support, economic advancement and educational opportunities. We give families the support they need to live stable, successful lives and connect them with tools to reach their goals.  Over our 25-year history, we have grown to be much more than just a housing provider; while we still view affordable housing a cornerstone of family success, we have learned that combining a stable home with access to education, small business development coaching, and financial empowerment can create long-lasting, positive changes in a family’s trajectory

Hacienda CDC installed the permanent physical improvement of a 35.19 kW solar photovoltaic system sized to fit onto the roof of Hacienda CDC’s main office building. The system size will provide enough power to offset 32% of the buildings annual usage. All components are made in the U.S.A.  A solar electric array was chosen for the project as the solar resource available on site warranted it.  SolarWorld modules were selected due to their standing in the industry in addition to being a local manufacturer.  Fronius inverters have been selected for the power electronics for its ability to provide 3 phase power inversion at an affordable price point.

Annual energy savings from the solar production will contribute to the overall operational sustainability of Hacienda CDC as a non-profit and allow more funds to be available for community programming and support.  The system will reduce the carbon footprint of our office by over a third and provide a strong social cue to the neighborhood about the future of sustainable energy production. The existence of a large solar power system in the Cully neighborhood will also add to a sense of innovation to the Cully community’s pride of place. 

In addition, all community members will pass through the lobby where the kiosk will be prominently display real-time information on solar production.  Community Energy Project has also signed on to help with community wide adult education surrounding the solar panel function and general energy saving education.  They have also agreed to provide energy saving kits for all who attend the workshop.  Hacienda’s Expresiones youth will also participate in a solar energy workshop in partnership with Sunbridge Solar which will include a solar panel they can interact with close up.  In addition, the design will include emergency power outlets for the community.