Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center Goes Solar

At Little Bit, horses transform the bodies, minds, and spirits of children and adults with disabilities. Little Bit is one of the largest nationally accredited, industry-leading PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) centers and one of the largest full-time therapeutic horsemanship programs in the United States.

Located at Dunmire Stables in Redmond, the 14-acre facility includes a 41 stall barn, a quarter-mile training track, two covered arenas for year-round riding, a tack barn for grooming, the Welcome Center that houses all of the staff offices, and a training center. The solar system will produce over 4000 kilowatt hours per year which will reduce Little Bit’s electric bill by nearly half. The 12 module 3.66 kWDC solar system allows room for future expansion as Little Bit’s financial resources and incoming donations allow. Little Bit put a new long-lasting metal roof onto the barn before solar was installed.

Little Bit’s Executive Director Paula Del Giudice says, “We all are working to make the world a better place. Whether it is through helping people with disabilities or through adding clean solar energy to our buildings. As a nonprofit, we carefully steward the gifts our generous community provides to help us keep our costs of operation low. We are very grateful for the generosity of Northwest Electric and Solar that will contribute greatly to this effort. Everyone here at Little Bit is excited to see the solar panels go up.”

Derek White, owner of Northwest Electric and Solar got to know Paula Del Giudice when they collaborated on both Solarize Bellevue and Solarize Kirkland. At the time, Paula worked for Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center and managed both Solarize projects.

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