Lexington homeless shelter among first in nation to use solar power

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT)- A homeless shelter in Lexington will sit among some of the first shelters in the nation to adopt solar energy as the primary energy source.

The $75,000 dollar solar panel announcement was made today at the Catholic Action Center.

The solar panel system was designed and installed by Synergy Home LLC, a Lexington heating and cooling firm.

According to the CAC this decision was motivated after the recent announcement of the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Climate Accords.

“At a time when many of our leaders seem to be retreating from the promise of renewable energy, this partnership is a powerful leadership moment, demonstrating that committed citizens understand the moral and financial imperative of embracing new energies,” stated Adam Edelen of Edelen Strategic Ventures, whose firm advised CAC on the project.

The 100 panels generate 30 kilowatts of power will generate enough energy that the shelter will no longer have to depend on utility generated energy and will save thousands of dollars per year. According to the CAC, they expect to have the panels paid off in five to seven years.

The CAC director Ginny Ramsey says this to them was a no brainer of a decision.

“Our faith requires us to be good stewards of the earth and our tight-fisted approach to maximizing every dollar in serving the poor made investing in solar power a great decision. We want to be an example to others that adopting solar power is both the smart and right thing to do.”



 
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