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Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, Pendleton

Estimated annual savings: $58,000

Located on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the new Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center builds on a community’s commitment to wellness and sustainability. Serving tribal members and other eligible American Indians and Alaska Natives in Umatilla and Union counties, the energy-efficient 64,000-square-foot clinic aims to generate as much energy as it uses over the course of a year.

Tapping into Energy Trust’s Path to Net Zero initiative, tribal leaders received support throughout the design and construction process, resulting in a building that is 60 percent more efficient than a standard building of its type. The clinic boasts solar panels, natural shading and ventilation. The tribes received $295,000 in Energy Trust cash incentives for the clean energy features, which will save the center roughly $58,000 per year.

“We are constantly striving to protect, preserve and enhance our environment and our people. This project helps us achieve that,” said Jeremy Wolf, vice chairman of the Board of Trustees, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

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