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:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
System size and installation schedule:
We plan to install 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)
Installation of Array #1 took place on Saturday, November 5th with the help of over 35 volunteers.
Installations of Arrays #2 and #3 will take place in the spring, as soon as the roof on the new annex is ready and we have finished raising funds. Contact Jeff Heie if you are interested in helping out at email@example.com.