Southeast Ohio Foodbank Installs New Solar Panels

Upgrade will result in long-term energy cost savings and reduce the facility’s carbon footprint

LOCATION –A new solar panel installation at the Southeast Ohio Foodbank, a program of Hocking Athens Perry Community Action (HAPCAP), will help the facility to save money, reduce their carbon footprint, and serve more individuals across the region.

The installation was made possible through a significant gift from the Northern Trust Charitable Giving Program. The addition of the 364 rooftop solar panels will allow the Foodbank to significantly reduce their contribution to greenhouse gas and carbon emissions over time, while also generating long-term financial gains associated with decreased energy costs. The 163.8 kW solar array system is expected to offset the facility’s annual energy costs by nearly 47 percent and offset an annual equivalent of 149 metrics tons of CO2. In greenhouse gas emissions, this is equivalent to 50.5 tons of waste recycled instead of landfilled, or 27 homes’ electricity for one year.

“Given the size and scope of our work at the Foodbank, we historically have had significant electrical expenses. The less money we spend on energy, the more money we can spend on food and other supports for our community members who struggle with poverty and food insecurity, “shared Kelly Hatas, Executive Director at HAPCAP. “We also know that climate change is an issue that disproportionately impacts low-income communities, and we want to be a part of the solution to this global crisis. Overall, this project represents HAPCAP’s commitment to a thriving and sustainable future for Southeast Ohio.”

Geoff Greenfield, CEO and co-founder of Athens, Ohio based Third Sun Solar, who designed and installed the system, commented, “We are really proud of this project. Not only will it continue to give back to the community for decades, but it’s a trip down memory lane for me. Before we started Third Sun Solar I worked for several years at Community Action. I love their mission and really appreciate all the important programs they run in our region.”

For more information about HAPCAP’s programs, please contact Rose Frech at [email protected], or (740) 767-4500.

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