Directly serving our communities, nonprofit organizations fill public needs even in the face of dwindling budgets. Energy costs represent one of the largest expense items, diverting dollars from the mission of the nonprofit.
Secure Futures offers resilient solar solutions that allows nonprofits to advance their educational and charitable initiatives, and a means to act as stewards of their financial resources by reducing energy costs.
Through innovative installation and financing models, Gift and Thrift, a nonprofit in Harrisonburg, VA, is home to the largest solar array installed by volunteers in Virginia. Dubbed a ‘solar barn raising’, the 62kW DC array was installed by community members from Harrisonburg and the Shenandoah Valley. The current installation is the first phase of what will be a 107kW system, and will generate power for the nonprofit under a Solar Self-Generation Agreement (SGA®).
The Solar Self-Generation Agreement (Solar SGA®) between Secure Futures and Gift and Thrift represents a milestone in Virginia, as a unique model of grassroots organizing and funding, as well as the first solar installation on a Mennonite Church USA affiliated thrift store.
“This project frees up about $14,000 a year to go towards the relief and development work of Mennonite Central Committee.” Jeff Heie, Gift and Thrift Project Coordinator
The 35 kW solar photovoltaic system generates enough electricity to offset around 6% of the building’s annual electricity requirements, reducing costs for HRHA and reducing over 68,400 lbs of CO2 per year.
“This project exemplifies our mission to create more affordable housing for our residents.” Michael Wong, Executive Director
In January 2017, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) will begin to receive electricity from a 257.7 DC kW ground mounted solar array at its Vehicle Research Center in Ruckersville, VA. As Secure Futures’ first ground mounted solar project, the south facing array at IIHS will allow the nonprofit to optimize the solar radiation received by the facility. The array will provide power to the facility which conducts crash tests and other evaluations that encourage auto manufactures to make safer vehicles.