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Racine County Food Bank cuts power costs with rooftop solar panels

The Southeastern Wisconsin Solar Group Buy, a Greening Greater Racine initiative, has installed rooftop solar panels at 2000 De Koven Ave., to lower electric bills for the Racine County Food Bank. Additional panels will be erected on another section of the roof to benefit the Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization Inc., which shares the building with the food bank. SWSGB coordinated the project with leadership of the food bank, HALO, Arch Electric, an installer of solar panels, and Legacy Solar Coop, a funding advisor.  As nonprofit organizations, HALO and the food bank qualified for 30 percent project rebates made possible through the federal Inflation Reduction Act that was enacted last summer to trim energy costs and address Climate Change.

BELOW LEFT: A crew from Arch Electric uses a telehandler to lift solar panel and other gear onto the rooftop of the building at 2000 De Koven Ave.

BELOW CENTER: Rows of solar panels in place atop a former manufacturing building that houses the Racine County Food Bank.

BELOW RIGHT: Bob Sus, HALO’s assistant director of shelter operations, and the recently installed solar panels on the rooftop of the building at 2000 De Koven Ave., that is shared by HALO and the Racine County Food Bank.