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  • Central Oregon Irrigation District: The power in piping
    The Central Oregon Irrigation District provides both agricultural and industrial water to about 3,600 customers along the Deschutes River. COID’s Juniper Ridge Hydroelectric Project, completed in the fall of 2010, is a 2.5-mile canal piping project centered on a five megawatt hydro facility. The $17 million SELP loan made the project possible. Not only will the project produce enough renewable power for about 1,300 homes, but the piping will save water that was previously lost to seepage and allow less water to be taken from the river. Once the loan is paid off, COID will sell about $300,000 in power each year. For more, please go here.
  • Lime Wind: Reused turbines creating renewable power
    The first wind farm in Baker County and Oregon’s first on Bureau of Land Management land went on line in the summer of 2012, thanks in part to a $2.5 million SELP loan. The $7 million, three-megawatt Lime Wind project is unique in other ways, too. It is owned and operated by a single family – the Randy Joseph family of Sumpter – and was constructed with six used, 500-kilowatt turbines. The wind farm is located just east of I-84 between Baker City and Ontario. It is producing enough electricity to power about 800 homes and has a 20-year power purchase agreement with Idaho Power.
  • Milton-Freewater School District: Loan helps cool schools
    (From OPB and East Oregonian) When the air conditioning system at Ferndale Elementary School in Milton-Freewater gave out in Spring 2011, students spent the remaining school year and part of the next in sweltering classrooms. In a tough spot, the Milton-Freewater School Board turned to the Oregon Department of Energy for a loan to improve energy efficiency. To read more, please go here.
  • Lebanon Community Pool: Swimming in savings
    The Lebanon Community Pool, built in 1967, saw 74,752 visitors over the 2009-10 fiscal year. In order to keep serving that many people, keep them happy and keep costs down, the Lebanon Aquatic District secured a $473,000 SELP loan for energy efficiency upgrades. Pool users have already noticed cleaner, more comfortable air to breathe. When the loan is paid back in 15 years, the district will save about $19,000 a year in energy costs.
  • Klamath Falls City Schools: Some very Cool Schools
    In less than a year, Klamath Falls City Schools completed 48 energy efficiency improvements to all 11 of its district buildings, many of which were constructed before 1930. The district took out a SELP loan processed through Oregon’s Cool Schools Initiative. While most of the district’s facilities were too cold for a number of reasons, one elementary school – heated with geothermal energy – was actually too warm! District officials say the energy savings will cover the cost of the loan. The savings in energy will allow it to pay back the $400,000 loan within 10 years.
  • Everything trending up at Lowell schools, except for energy costs
    Dedicated to educational achievement and the success of every student, the Lowell School District is located in Lane County and includes Lundy Elementary and Lowell High School.

    In 2014, the Oregon Department of Energy’s State Energy Loan Program worked with the school district on a complete energy efficiency overhaul. The result: The district uses a third less energy, despite the increased use of facility space. District administrators say the energy upgrades have improved student experiences and learning environment, and academic scores are up.


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