This month, CARITAS started powering its one-of-a-kind restoration and homeless companies facility in Richmond, Virginia, with solar energy.
Secure Solar Futures of Staunton put in 782 Heliene photovoltaic photo voltaic panels, comprising the biggest solar energy system at any facility serving homeless folks in Virginia, and presumably on the East Coast. The 313-kW photo voltaic array is estimated to chop the group’s electrical utility payments by $224,358 over the subsequent 25 years.
“Solar energy will lower your expenses on vitality that CARITAS can apply to their mission of serving to folks enhance their lives,” mentioned Ryan McAllister, CEO of Safe Photo voltaic Futures. “The flat roof of the previous warehouse constructing that they reworked into a stupendous vitality environment friendly house was completely suited to internet hosting a solar energy system giant sufficient to make CARITAS a frontrunner on clear vitality.”
Safe Photo voltaic will function the photo voltaic vitality system, which is predicted to cowl a considerable portion of the brand new facility’s vitality use by producing sufficient clear vitality to energy the equal of 39 common houses.
“There’s no different group fairly like CARITAS in that we offer all the options to homelessness and habit underneath one roof,” mentioned Karen Stanley, president and CEO of CARITAS. “Our dedication to offering a holistic resolution to homelessness and habit begins with the constructing.”
Stanley is referring to the CARITAS Middle, which opened in 2020. The middle homes a brand new girls’s restoration program and sober-living condo group along with its emergency shelter, workforce growth program and furnishings financial institution applications. Greater than 100 employees members assist present help to the group on the heart, along with a second location at 700 Dinwiddie Avenue. Final yr, the nonprofit offered 36,000 nights of shelter to women and men in its restoration program and 15,653 nights of shelter in its emergency shelter.
“We labored with inside designers and designers with expertise within the hospitality business so our house feels extra like a house than an establishment,” Stanley mentioned. “As an intentional a part of reaching that purpose, we infused quite a lot of clear vitality parts into the constructing that replicate the worth positioned on our participant and employees psychological and bodily well-being.”
The choice so as to add solar energy on the new facility is in keeping with the dedication of CARITAS to efficient stewardship of sources which are each monetary and ecological. The constructing additionally incorporates about 45 photo voltaic tubes, which is able to filter pure mild all through the Middle. Different home equipment are ENERGY STAR licensed to handle utilization and prices. Bogs within the constructing additionally function automated shut-off features.
Safe Photo voltaic put in the photo voltaic vitality tools at no upfront capital value to CARITAS and can function the system underneath a 25-year energy buy settlement. Over that time period, CARITAS will purchase all of the electrical energy generated by the photo voltaic panels situated on-site from Safe Photo voltaic at a price decrease than usually obtainable. CARITAS will use a $17,000 grant from the RVA Photo voltaic Fund, administered by the Group Basis for a higher Richmond.
Information merchandise from Safe Photo voltaic Futures