Letcher County organizations projected to save thousands by using solar energy

Published: Jul. 24, 2019 at 6:21 PM EDT
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H.O.M.E.S. Inc. in Whitesburg is a non-profit organization that helps provide people with affordable housing.

Executive Director Seth Long said with the cost of energy bills rising, he wanted to find a way for the organization to save money.

"We're a non-profit and we want to be here for the next 10 or 15 years so we want to be smart about how we spend our money," said Long.

H.O.M.E.S. Inc. recently installed solar panels on its roof, which has caused a significant reduction in its monthly bill.

"Some of the members of our community center, arts and culture center, and a fire company were really interested in seeing if solar would be a solution," said Long.

Long said in June of 2018, the organization's energy bill was roughly $1,400. After the solar panels were installed, the bill in June of 2019 was only $396.

"I was very pleasantly surprised to get our first bill," said Long.

After putting its savings toward the cost of installing the solar panels, the project is projected to pay for itself in nine and a half years.

"When we penciled it out and saw that in nine and a half years, save 70,000 dollars, the cost of the install, it was a no brainer for us," said Long.

Appalshop and Hemphill Community Center have also made the switch to using solar energy.

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