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Rural Renewable Energy Alliance awarded grant

The board of trustees of the Toledo Community Foundation has approved a grant from the First Solar Corporate Charitable Fund to Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) in the amount of $15,000.

These funds will be used to install a solar system for the Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity Re-Store building.

Through two opportunities, the First Solar Corporate Charitable Fund provides support to programs that seek to improve the quality of life in communities around the world. The fund places an emphasis on programs that meet the First Solar Corporate giving values, which include: focusing on "green" education initiatives; access to clean energy and water in underserved areas; and furthering the development of innovative and sustainable technologies.

RREAL and Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity have partnered for eight years to create resilient, self-sustainable households among low-income communities. RREAL's Solar Assistance program provides solar heating systems to low-income families and Habitat provides high-performance, low-cost housing.