Local nonprofit receives funding for solar panels

The PACE Community Action Agency located in Vincennes received some good news Thursday. They were one of sixteen nonprofits get some additional funding.

Posted: Nov 3, 2017 6:48 PM
Updated: Nov 3, 2017 7:01 PM

VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI)- The PACE Community Action Agency located in Vincennes received some good news Thursday. They were one of sixteen nonprofits get some additional funding.

They received just over $74,000 from Duke Energy. It’s part of their Solar Uniting Neighbors grant.

The program is for nonprofits who help low-income Hoosiers. PACE Facilities Coordinator Sara Kixmiller says the money will be used to install solar panels on their headquarters in Vincennes.

"We are excited, this affords us an opportunity to not only receive reduced energy cost for pace but be able to provide additional educational opportunities for our customers," said Kixmiller.

The solar panels will installed in December later this year. Susan Laughlin who is the client services manager for PACE hopes to use this as opportunity educate others.

"With every program of PACE there is an education component. Whether it be in the head start classrooms or whether it be through energy assistance," said Laughlin.

PACE plans to use the money saved from electricity for their various programs. They also want to teach other methods to those seeking energy assistance.

This includes things like advising on ways to save money and youth education programs. They hope to teach these families they too can seek out cleaner energy sources like solar panels.

"That’s what solars all about is saving energy and that's how customers can learn how to reduce cost for themselves. Is by energy savings and reducing that consumption," said Kixmiller.

If you'd like to learn more about the programs at PACE go to their website here.

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