Sulzbacher Village in the Brentwood area celebrated the new installments of solar panels Thursday morning.
Officials said often times, nonprofits have less access for solar and are financially stretched thin. But this will allow staff to focus on taking care of residents instead of the electric bill.
There are 126 solar panels on the roof of their building off Springfield Boulevard. It will help save the nonprofit roughly $7,000 a year.
“Saving seven thousand dollars a year allows us to feed more people, educate more people, to house more people, and make our community safer,” said Shantel Davis, Board Chair of Sulzbacher.
Sulzbacher provides shelter and meals for its residents and connects more than 7,000 people to medical services each year.
“Being this type of organization that we are, every penny, not dollar, but every penny matters,” Davis said.
The solar project also helped get Sulzbacher clients solar installation training in hopes to find jobs in a growing industry.
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“Safety installation techniques, basic racking system information and how to get that in for solar modules with the goal they would in the future be able to be employed,” said Myriam Scally, Everybody Solar Executive Director.
For Davis, it’s more about empowering their mission with the rays of the sun.
“It is much more impactful than what people really realize,” Davis said.