Habitat for Humanity

Bend-Redmond Habitat for Humanity Brings Solar Energy to Affordable Housing

Access to affordable housing is increasingly challenging in Bend, Oregon as the area has experienced significant population growth with newer populations introducing new wealth and capital into the region, a housing shortage and housing price increases. Owning or renting a home in the area has become out of reach for working families.. Bend-Redmond Habitat for Humanity believes that first responders, healthcare providers, teachers, small business owners and other working families deserve a path to homeownership. Having served 220 families since 1989, the organization is dedicated to providing affordable homeownership to individuals in the area.

In partnership with All Points North Foundation, Bend-Redmond Habitat for Humanity will provide roof-mounted solar systems on 12 low-to-moderate income townhomes that are part of the organization’s 27th Street Townhome project. The solar systems will reduce the energy supplied by the utilities by up to 48 percent, providing significant savings to the future homeowners.

As a part of this project, each townhome will have eight solar panels installed on the roof for a total of 3.2 kW each. The system will also include energy monitoring to provide homeowners with data and insights regarding their energy usage and savings.

Bend-Redmond Habitat for Humanity realizes that affordable housing opportunities are a critical component to continued growth in Bend, Oregon. These new net zero townhomes with solar systems are bringing homeownership to those who need it most.

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All Points North Foundation provides grants for U.S.-based projects and initiatives that support our priorities: improving public middle school education and teacher training, and implementing effective solar programs and/or projects.

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