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Albina Head Start Turns on First Solar-Powered Building with Assist from Tonkon Torp
When Albina Head Start learned it was awarded a Blue Sky Fund grant to install a rooftop solar array on one of its buildings, it turned to its long-time pro bono legal partner, Tonkon Torp. The nonprofit organization knew that it would need legal guidance to ensure that it could meet the terms laid out in the grant’s detailed and binding Memo of Understanding.
Coincidentally, the building selected for the solar array installation was the Owen D. Blank Center, which houses Head Start and Early Head Start programs. The building was named after Owen Blank in 2014, in recognition of his 20+ years of providing pro bono legal services to Albina Head Start.
The construction and conversion of the solar installation has now concluded and the Owen D. Blank Center now draws 70% of its annual electricity use from the solar array. Albina Head Start, one of Tonkon Torp’s longest standing pro bono clients, currently assists more than 1,000 low-income children and their families in North, Northeast, and Southeast Portland, providing social and education services to optimize children's school readiness, health, and education success. Tonkon Torp attorneys are proud to support the organization as it implements innovative initiatives to better serve the community.