La Crosse Area Habitat for Humanity is going solar

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – The La Crosse Area Habitat for Humanity is going solar with its “Soak up the Sun” Project.

The project will add a 53.28 kW solar system on the roof of their office and the ReStore building in La Crosse. “We strongly believe in reducing energy waste and structuring our programs in ways to maximize energy savings whenever possible,” says Executive Director, Kahya Fox. “This is one more step in our continued commitment to our community and our environment. This project will literally soak up the power of the sun to help build more homes.”

Grants from Focus on Energy, Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), and Solar for Good, as well as donations from Solar Connection and an anonymous supporter, are making the project possible. To support the “Soak up the Sun” project, visit Habitat’s website here.

The installation of solar panels on the ReStore/office building will offer a variety of benefits offsetting 100% of their current electricity usage:
  1. Savings on energy as a result of the solar system installation will allow Habitat to focus those funds on providing more assistance to low-income families in our community.
  2. The location of the ReStore in La Crosse is highly visible to the public. This project will highlight solar energy as a viable option for businesses and raise awareness of its benefits in our community.
  3. Installing solar panels on our ReStore aligns with Habitat’s overall commitment to reduce energy waste, furthering our stance on sustainability in the community.
“Our ‘Soak up the Sun’ project allows Habitat for Humanity La Crosse Area to stand by its ongoing commitment to sustainability in our community. It’s so important in this current climate to never lose sight of all the myriad ways we make an impact on sustainability both big and small, both obvious and not so obvious. Together we are all part of this holistic, integrated, complicated, and sacred goal to advance sustainability in whatever way we can,” Fox adds. Upon completion, the offset of carbon dioxide emissions will provide the equivalent of:
  1. Driving 3,155,575 fewer miles,
  2. Setting aside 1,392,166 pounds of coal, and
  3. Planting 33,412 trees.