August 2017: YWCA of McLean County

10.07.2017

For more than 100 years, Young Women’s Christian Association of McLean County (YWCA) has been a constant force in the lives of families in our Bloomington-Normal and McLean County community. The YWCA is once again leading by example by powering their building with clean solar energy, thereby reducing energy costs and committing to a cleaner environment.  
 
Going Solar at the YWCA would have been impossible without the benefit of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).  In essence, the YWCA roof acts as a “host” for the solar system, and the facility uses solar energy produced by the system at a rate lower than what the organization currently pays the traditional utility. This results in substantial savings over the life of the system, savings that can be directed toward new programs and staff to further advance the mission of that organization, school, or municipality.

With a PPA there are no upfront capital costs. Opportunities for the organization to own the system are available as a choice for even better financial returns.
 
The YWCA solar installation is a 123 kW array made up of 383 solar panels. The system is expected to produce approximately 160,000 kWh of solar energy in year 1 and will eliminate nearly 250,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions in the first year alone.
 
We would like to congratulate the YWCA for being an early adopter of solar in Bloomington-Normal.  
 
Check out this article published in the local Pantagraph highlighting the YWCA!
 
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