The Shade Tree • theshadetree.org On any given day, roughly 350 women and children may reside at The Shade Tree shelter in Las Vegas. The shelter provides beds, meals, and support services for women, children, and their pets who are escaping domestic violence and other difficulties. For the donation-reliant shelter, every dollar counts. Last year, BRS installed a 31.1 kW PV array atop a carport built on the shelter’s campus, helping the shelter save more than $5,000 annually. “BRS was so compassionate about our mission that they performed the installation at night so all the workers were off-site during the day, when our victims are awake and moving about the campus. This approach allowed the project to be completed without even one client feeling fearful that her identity may be discovered,” says Marlene Richter, The Shade Tree executive director.
Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows • bgctm.org In May 2011, BRS completed a 75 kW PV array on the club’s roof, saving about $12,500 annually. “The [savings are] put into our programs and services for Reno kids,” says Rick Stevens, director of operations for the club. “Perhaps most importantly, it shows our members and the kids that clean energy is something that can be practical.”
Yerington Paiute Tribe • ypt-nsn.gov BRS installed three PV arrays for the Yerington tribe in 2011, melding technology and artistry. One 30 kW ground-mounted array at the tribe’s medical clinic resembles a stylized sun. Another 30 kW ground-mounted array at the tribe’s administrative building takes the shape of a gavel, the tribe’s emblem. A 15 kW ground-mounted array at the tribe’s commodities building is in a basket-weave pattern, representing an important element of the Tribe’s culture. But the arrays are much more than static sculptures. All told, these three arrays save the Tribe an estimated $14,300 every year—more than $350,000 over the next 25 years of their estimated service life.