The Oregon Department of Energy recently announced the second round grant recipients for the Community Renewable Energy Grant Program. Three applications in Hood River County were successful. 

Cascade Locks City Hall
The City of Cascade Locks was awarded a grant for construction of a solar plus storage microgrid at Cascade Locks City Hall. The project will use solar to offset utility costs and battery storage to provide backup power during long duration power outages. The City is waiting to hear back from FEMA about a Hazard Mitigation Grant Program application for the same project, which would fund a new roof that is needed for the project to move forward.

Mt. Hood Town Hall
Hood River County was awarded a planning grant to refine the design of a solar plus storage system at Mt. Hood Town Hall. A feasibility analysis in 2021 generated a number of questions. This planning process intends to answer the outstanding questions and produce a design that’s ready for implementation. 

Dee Hydro
The City of Hood River was awarded a construction grant for an in-line hydroelectric project at Dee Bridge. 

Learn more about the grant program and the projects that were awarded by reading ODOE’s press release