Verde Energy Accomplishments
• Paid $296,120 in crew member wages
• Paid crew member health insurance premiums valued at $55,681
• Provided over 300 paid training hours to crew members
• Provided full-time employment to 11 crew members
• Weatherized 52 homes
2010, Verde and NAYA created a new social enterprise, Verde Energy, to provide weatherization labor and services to contractors, governments, affordable housing providers, CAP agencies, other nonprofit groups, and private property owners. Crew Members have been recruited from Hacienda CDC’s affordable housing and from Native Americans who access NAYA services, with an emphasis on providing opportunities for women.
2014, Verde Energy transitions away from direct hiring and into project development. In this role, we bring weatherization improvements to low-income households and create contracting opportunities for minority-owned and woman-owned businesses ("target businesses"). Our first 2014 project is a 17-home affordable housing weatherization pilot with Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives/PCRI.
HELP Inc, a minority-owned/woman-owned weatherization contractor, installs the weatherization measures. Please click here to read PCRI's press release about the first 10 homes to be weatherized in the pilot project.