Phase 2 of Healthy Harvest Food Bank’s solar project is complete, and as a result, the organization’s Warsaw facility is now 100% solar powered, president and CEO Mark Kleinschmidt confirmed.
As reported last August, Healthy Harvest Food Bank began the transition with phase 1 of the project, which involved adding 90 solar panels to the facility’s roof. That rooftop array was capable of supplying about one-third the site’s power, according to Chris Page, president of Commonwealth Power, the Richmond, VA-based company that designed the system.
Phase 2 is a ground-based installation that consists of 160 panels, which will now cover the remainder of the organization’s power needs. Healthy Harvest Food Bank expects to save about $13,000 a year from making the switch to solar.
It’s a change that will reduce overall emissions generated by the facility over time and create cost savings and a long-term free source of electricity, both of which provide creative fiscal oversight of donor funds, the organization explained in a post on its website.
Reducing energy costs means the funds that are saved will be available for program expansion, going straight to the heart of our mission, the post continued. But this effort is about more than just saving money to invest in more food programs.
“We can do more by taking it one step further, by becoming better stewards of our resources,” Healthy Harvest said.
The organization previously explained that it is hoping to be a role model for other nonprofits in the region, and now with its project complete, Healthy Harvest is doubling down on that part of its goal.
“We are using this innovative concept to bring clean energy to the forefront for nonprofits in the Northern Neck and Upper Middle Peninsula while also providing a cost-effective alternative technology that will result in a reliable, maintenance-free, green solution that will reduce the organization’s carbon footprint and provide access to clean and abundant resources for generations to come.”