We are excited to announce the completion of the MillieWatts Project, a 50.56 KW solar array installed on the roof of Temple Beth Sholom. The project incorporates batteries that will allow us to continue operating even if our normal power sources are disrupted. Along with the CERT cache located on our premises, Temple Beth Sholom is prepared to serve as an emergency shelter during times of natural disaster.
Temple Beth Sholom is always looking for ways to serve both its members and the broader Salem community. The MillieWatts project is named in honor of our beloved longtime member, Millie Estrin z’l. Before she passed away Millie was a pillar of our community and an ardent environmentalist. In 2018 she, along with several other TBS members, spearheaded a successful grant proposal to PGE. This grant specified that projects would be judged on both their environmental and community contributions. This inspired TBS to include the batteries to ensure that we could serve as an asset to the community in case of power disruptions.
The funds from the grant combined with incentives from the Energy Trust of Oregon provided the means to begin construction of the project. The balance of the funding was largely provided by loans and donations from members of the TBS community.
This project has been made possible by customers participating in PGE’s Green FutureSM program through the Renewable Development Fund.
Grant Funding Provided by
Portland General Electric Renewable Development Fund
Oregon Jewish Community Foundation
Jerry & Helen Stern Grandchildren Fund
Additional funding provided by donations and loans from the following supporters:
Darla & Steven Barlow
Jordan & Stacey Brown
Mark & Wendy Comstock
Ellen Eisenberg & Ami Korsunsky
Estate of Don & Millie Estrin
Gil & Ellen Feibleman
Nate & Penny Levin
Elliot & Maralynn Maltz
Marc Overbeck & Deb Bellemore
Scott & Kay Reichlin
Joel Rosenblit & Laura Dawson
Tamara Rousso & Latham Stack
awomancalled Sam & Kathy Erion
Lane & Francine Shetterly
Paul & Kathi Shuirman
Peter & Sandi Simons
Jeff & Linda Tross
Liz & John Turner