In celebration of Earth Day, I thought that this was a deserving post. It seems that Goodwill Central Texas and Meridian Solar have partnered to develop and install a system that will produce 520 kW of solar electricity, it is comprised of 2,132 solar panels. It will be split between two systems; a 260 kW system at the Goodwill Resource Center and another 260 kW system at the Goodwill Community Center.
"With the development of the new solar electric systems, Goodwill will recognize the immediate and long-term benefits of renewable energy. "Goodwill will save money on electricity for several decades to come, and the Austin community will also stand to benefit from the clean solar energy produced by Goodwill's systems," commented Mark Begert, Executive Vice President and Director of Meridian Solar. The two systems will yield significant environmental benefits, preventing 920,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from being emitted into the atmosphere annually, equivalent to planting 800 acres of trees each year the systems are in operation."
Last year Goodwill diverted nearly 28 million pounds of materials from landfills. In the process they also created jobs, and generated revenue. Going solar just seemed to be the next logical step. Goodwill also supports multiple recycling events in the community and they are committed to sustainable practices.
"Partnering with Goodwill to develop 520 kW of solar energy in Austin was an exciting and rewarding experience for Meridian Solar," noted Andrew McCalla, Meridian's Founder and President.
This Friday, April 25th at 11am, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by Goodwill and Meridian Solar at the Goodwill Community Center located at 1015 Norwood Boulevard in Austin, Texas. This is to celebrate the completion of the two installations, the ceremony will also be open to the public.
Referenced by Digital Journal