Ipswich, MA -- January 24, 2020. EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is soliciting grant applications to give libraries the opportunity to "go green" by funding solar installations through the 2020 EBSCO Solar grant program. As part of the EBSCO Solar initiative, EBSCO will be making three $100,000 grants available to applicants from libraries around the world.
The grants will allow winning libraries to reduce their utilities expenses by installing a solar array at their institution. After seeing the benefits on its own campus, EBSCO introduced the EBSCO Solar grant program so libraries interested in adding their own solar arrays can do so. Since 2016, EBSCO Solar has given libraries nearly a million dollars in grant money.
In 2019, EBSCO received submissions from 18 countries. Medicine Hat College in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada; New Port Richey Public Library, New Port Richey, Florida; and Hedgesville Public Library, Hedgesville, West Virginia were each awarded $100,000 last year. These libraries are expected to install their arrays in 2020.
EBSCO Information Services President Tim Collins says institutions benefit from reducing their carbon footprint in ways beyond saving money. "EBSCO prides itself on being an example of how sustainable resources can be developed at a corporate level. We are excited to promote this initiative and offer solar grants to libraries so we can invest in communities looking to offer alternative energy resources. The EBSCO Solar grant empowers institutions to go green and educate their communities on the benefits of adopting solar resources."
Interested libraries are encouraged to submit questions until February 28th. Submissions are due by May 1st, and the winner will be announced on June 26th, 2020, both online and at the ALA-Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois. More information is available on the EBSCO Solar webpage at www.ebsco.com/solar, including the timeline, where to submit questions, a link to the submission form and FAQs.
About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 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 900,000 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.