Portland’s Oliver P. Lent Elementary School is due to get new photovoltaic solar panels next year, as part of the city’s fledgling Solar Forward Fund.

Mayor Charlie Hales announced a round of new donations to the revolving fund Tuesday, Dec. 3, from Portfolio 21 Investments, Portland Development Commission, SolarWorld, Umpqua Bank and Wells Fargo. Collectively, they contributed more than $20,000. Once the fund grows to $50,000, the Lent school solar project will proceed.

Solar Forward relies on tax-deductible donations to pay for solar power installations at facilities that benefit the community.

The fund was seeded with $100,000 this year from the Oregon Community Foundation’s Penstemon Fund, which paid for a 10-kilowatt solar electric system at Southwest Community Center, a Portland Parks & Recreation facility.

The Lent school would be the second recipient of the fund.

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