IPSWICH, Mass. — January 11, 2016 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is introducing a grant to help libraries Go Solar. As part of the EBSCO Solar initiative, EBSCO is currently soliciting grant applications to help libraries in the United States fund solar installations. EBSCO is making a total of $150,000 available to one or more libraries that will allow the winning libraries to reduce their utilities expenditures and, if allowed in their state, to sell back electricity to the grid.
In August 2007, EBSCO installed a photovoltaic array on the roof of one of the buildings of its Ipswich, Massachusetts campus. At the time, the 192 solar panels made up one of the largest installations on the North Shore of Boston. Two more arrays were added to buildings on campus, and EBSCO now has more than 500 solar panels offsetting the amount of "brown power" the company buys from the grid and generating clean energy to reduce EBSCO's environmental footprint. After seeing the benefits of "going green" on its own campus, EBSCO is introducing a grant so libraries interested in adding their own solar arrays can do so...on EBSCO.
EBSCO Industries President and CEO Tim Collins says the grant is a natural extension of the work EBSCO has done with its on green efforts and the support it wants to provide the community. "We believe alternative energy strategies are worth supporting. If we can help libraries begin to consider or move forward with plans to go solar, we see this as a worthwhile activity to invest in."
More information is available on the EBSCO Solar webpage at www.ebsco.com/solar including the timeline, submission form and FAQs. Interested libraries are encouraged to submit questions until February 29th. Submissions are due by April 29th and the winner will be announced on June 24th, 2016 during ALA-Annual.
About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 8,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 750,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.