Bend Area Habitat ReStore’s new mural, solar panels and expansion plans

On Dec. 1, the Bend Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore is excited to unveil a beautiful mural and a new solar system with 184 panels.

Because of the community’s support, the Bend ReStore has had a very successful year. The organization has gone from building three to four homes a year to six to seven homes. The organization has also begun planning for a 6600-square-foot expansion beginning in November 2016 and is currently seeking bids from the local contracting community.

The incredibly creative mural, “A Bend in the River,” on the Bend ReStore’s East and South facing wall made from scrap metal was the idea of Stemach Design & Architecture and designed by local artist, Justyn Livingston. Ms. Livingston incorporated pallet strap cutoffs, bailing wire and other hardware to create a shimmering representation of the Deschutes River’s path. Many Bend Area Habitat volunteers participated in the process. Rochelle Schueler, a friend and fellow artist, collaborated in the creation, completion and installation. Space to work on the project was generously donated by the soon-to-open Maker’s Mill.

The solar electric system was the inspiration and brain child of Sunlight Solar Energy, Stemach Design & Architecture and the Bend Area Habitat team. Three grants from The Energy Trust of Oregon, Pacific Power’s Blue Sky Program and Oregon Department of Energy made this project possible. The 184 panel solar system includes a 41.6 kw array on the west-facing roof, and a 21.8 kw array on the south-facing timber awning, designed by local architect, Stacey Stemach of Stemach Design & Architecture and installed by Sunlight Solar Energy.  The system should provide nearly 90 percent of the buildings electricity needs.


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