During 2018 the Board of Directors of The FISH of Roseburg decided to pursue opportunities to reduce the energy usage at the FISH Food Pantry. As part of this effort, a solar photovoltaic (PV) feasibility analysis was performed for the FISH Food Pantry building. It was found that the FISH Food Pantry building is an excellent candidate for a PV solar system.
Additionally, The FISH received funding for two new energy efficient reach-in freezers and a reach-in cooler. This new equipment purchased in late 2018 replace old high maintenance and energy inefficient equipment. Funding for this project was provided by the Oregon Food Bank, Crane Creek Family Fund, First Interstate Bank Foundation, and The FISH of Roseburg.
In 2018 The FISH applied to participate in Pacific Powers Blue Sky renewable energy grant program. Energy Design of Eugene completed the installation of a 17.5-kilowatt solar project at the FISH Food Pantry in July of 2019. This project consists of 45 Oregon made solar panels divided among the west and south facing roof slopes of the FISH Food Pantry building. The solar array will supply about 40% of the total annual electrical usage of the Pantry. The savings will allow the FISH to continue to meet the needs of the community.
Our roof mounted solar array was made possible with funding support from: