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Non-profit uses solar to cut costs

System Size: 354.4 kW (1,140 solar panels)
Installation Type: Roof Mount
Installation Date: Spring 2017
Location: Millersville, MD

Annual Environmental Offset: 309.8 tons of CO2 and 653.2 barrels of oil

The switch was flipped on for a new 353.4 kW PV solar system at Opportunity Builders, INC (OBI), a vocational training and employment provider for adults with developmental disabilities. The roof-mounted solar system consists of 1,140 solar panels.

Adding solar to the already LEED certifiable facility seemed like a logical investment for OBI. “Going solar just felt like the right thing to do for OBI,” said Vicki Callahan, Executive Director of OBI. “We have a LEED certifiable building and solar energy was the next natural step in taking care of our environment.” The new system will offset an estimated 309.8 tons of CO2 and 653.2 barrels of oil each year, going a long way to limiting OBI’s carbon footprint.

The Paradise Energy Solutions team was a key factor in making this project successful. The staff from PES was very friendly,” said Callahan. “We had special requests when they worked on our building due to the nature of our work and they were respectful of our requests and extremely accommodating. The weekly updates were perfect for keeping the project on time and we were thrilled when the installation was completed not only on time but early!”

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