The installation atop the brand-new Stanwood Camano Community Resource Center took shape after the success of Solarize Stanwood-Camano, a community-supported initiative that facilitated solar energy installs at 26 Stanwood/Camano-area homes. After completion of these projects, Whidbey Sun & Wind and Fire Mountain Solar, the companies who worked together on the Solarize installations, granted a 2-kW array to the Resource Foundation.
The Community Resources Foundation then applied for a Planet Power grant, which allowed the installation to achieve the full 4-kW potential of their new building’s roof space, and added monitoring and public information about solar energy.
This installation has excellent visibility since the brand-new 7,000-square-foot building serves as a community-gathering place. The building also includes meeting space, classrooms, a family support center, teen center, community garden and Morgan’s Tales Used Bookstore, which functions as a job-training site for teens and young adults with disabilities.
The mission of the Community Resources Foundation is to acquire and manage resources for community-based charitable programs that provide opportunities for youth, families and individuals to develop and strengthen their resiliency skills through support, education, information and community involvement.