Asset Classes: Community
Project Year: 2011
Coastal Community Action Program (CCAP) is a nonprofit social services agency based in Aberdeen, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula. CCAP provides housing services, energy assistance, job training, and emergency social services to low-income families in Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties. With 165 employees and an $8 million annual budget, CCAP historically relied on federal and state funding and charitable donations to support its programs and operations. In an effort to become more self-sufficient and less dependent on outside funding, CCAP’s Chief Executive Officer, Craig Dublanko, developed a plan for CCAP to own and operate a wind farm that would generate income for the organization by selling power to Grays Harbor Public Utility. In 2010, with the help of a state grant and $8 million in NMTC financing provided by Craft3, a community development entity based in Astoria, Oregon, CCAP installed four 1.5 megawatt wind turbines off the Pacific Ocean in Grayland, Washington. The became operational later in 2010 and is anticipated to produce 13.5 million kilowatt-hours of electrical energy annually, potentially generating as much as $500,000 a year for 20 years to help fund CCAP’s programs in Grays Harbor and Pacific counties. Craft3’s NMTC investment in CCAP provided low cost electricity to 10,000 lowincome families, created or retained 30 jobs, minimized carbon emissions, increased the supply of renewable energy, and strengthened the ecological resilience of the region.