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Tamastslikt solar carport dedicated West said Bobbie Conner, TCI director, and Jess Nowland, former assisstant MISSION — A solar carport, designed facilities manager, inspired Energy Trust. to help Tamastslikt Cultural Institute "We got the message from Jess that move closer to "net zero" energy use, was we could move faster. That became our dedicated April 22 at the interpretive cen- goal because ofyour efforts. You have ter on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. inspired us to be better," West said. The event took place under one of Clemens at Blue Sky, which is funded the carports in the Tamastslikt parking by ratepayers who check off a box on lot with speakers that included repretheir bills to earmark $1 on each payment sentatives of the two major funders that to be used for energy efficiency, said the worked with the Confederated Tribes of solar carport is the "last step to net zero." the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Before the power generation, there Three members of the CTUIR Board of were efficiency fixes at the museum. Trustees attended: "It was a beauS ecretary D a v i d t ifu l b u i l d i n g Close, Woodrow but an inefficient 'We gotthe message Star and Armand building," ClemMinthorn . C l o se from Jess that we ens said. "Bobbie m ade b r i e f r e and the staff decould move faster. That marks. c ided to r e d u c e M ak in g r ebecame our goal because energy costs and m arks w er e P e cut electricity use t er W e s t f r o m of your efforts. You have by 53 percent and Energy Trust and natural gas by 70 inspired us to be better.' Bill Clemons from percent." P aci f i c P o w e r T he wind mi l l Peter West from Energy Trust of Oregon Blue Sky, the two is expected to rep rimary f u n d i n g d uce the p o w er s ources , a l o n g use by another 25 with Jonathan Lewis from Hier Electric percent and the solar panels will cut use in The Dalles, the company that installed by an additional 55 percent. the solar panels as well as the wind turLewis from Hier Electric gave a brief bine at Tamastslikt. overview of the work on the solar panels Pacific Power Blue Sky contributed 75 and wind turbine. As he spoke the wind percent of the funding, Energy Trust cov- apparently reached 7.8 miles per hour ered 14 percent and the CTUIR pitched because theblades began to turn. in the remaining 11 percent. For the wind turbine, Pacific Power Power tobe generated from the solar pan- Blue Sky provided 52 percent of the fundels and the turbine are part of Tamastslikt's ing, Energy Trust contributed 35 percent effort to become net zero, which means the and the CTUIR picked up the remaining museum wants to produce as much power 13 percent. as it uses. The solar panels are expected to West and Clemens were presented generate 123 kilowatts of power. with tribal flags and necklaces with rep"Early on Tamastslikt came to us about licas of an eagle feather on each. making the museum energy efficient," Following the dedication, the group West said. "It was a special relationship gathered for a photo taken by a drone — your museum and our mission." overhead.

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