Harrisonburg Gift & Thrift will install solar panels this fall!

We are teaming with Staunton-based Secure Futures to design, finance, own, and operate a 107 kilowatt rooftop system.  This system will deliver over 45% of Gift & Thrift’s total electrical usage as clean, free solar energy.  We’ll save even more by using a team of volunteers to install the panels.

Environmental, Social & Economic Benefits

Over it’s 35-year life, this system will:

  • Offset 1,850 metric tons of CO2 each year, equal to 45 acres of forest
  • Save 2,650 barrels of oil, equal to the annual energy use of 335 average U.S. homes
  • Yield net savings  of at least $340,000 in electric bills
  • Educate and inspire volunteers, customers, and supporters to install their own solar panels
  • Provide an economic, green model for other nonprofits to follow

A matching grant from the sun!

To stay on schedule with this $170,000 project, we need to raise $40,000 in pledged donations by the end of 2016.  Every dollar we receive will reduce the 10-year “payback period” after which all solar savings go directly to the global relief and development work of Mennonite Central Committee.  For every dollar you give now, MCC will receive at least $1.50 over 20 years, and up to $6.00 over time.  All that is on top of the environmental benefits.

Donate a panel!

A $275 donation will purchase one top-quality, U.S.-made SolarWorld 345 watt panel.  We’ll be installing 306 of these panels.  Of course, we welcome donations of all sizes, in any of the following ways:

  • Online:  click here to donate on our GoFundMe page
  • By mail:  send a check, payable to Gift & Thrift, to 731 Mt. Clinton Pike, Harrisonburg, VA  22802.  Please write “Solar Project” on the memo line.
  • In store:  see our donation box and display on the front counter

You can “like” us and follow our project on Facebook!

If you have a question or comment, contact Gift & Thrift General Manager, Shannon Secrist, at (540) 433-8844, ext. 103 or

System size and installation schedule:

We have installed a total of 306 solar panels in 3 arrays on the following roofs:

Array #1:  Gift & Thrift warehouse roof (180 panels)

Array #2:  Artisans’ Hope building roof (54 panels)

Array #3:  New annex roof (72 panels)