Maine homeless shelter subscribes to 400 kW of community solar

Revision Energy previously installed solar power on one of YCHS’s buildings. Credit: Revision Energy.

York County Shelter Programs (YCSP) nonprofit homeless shelter in Alfred, Maine, has signed up to the Nexamp Community Solar Program to reduce annual electricity costs and become a more environmentally friendly provider to the community. The organization, which mainly relies on grants, fundraisers and donations for its operating budget, is always looking for ways to further extend its financial resources, and the savings from this solar community participation will enable it to do more. for individuals and families in need in the region.

YCSP, which is primarily a shelter for the homeless but also offers a number of services to help customers get back on their feet, is subscribing to approximately 400 kW of the Nexamp community solar program, which is part of the monthly Central Maine Power (CMP ) accounts will offset and lead to meaningful savings. Each month, YCSP receives more than 100 separate electricity bills representing the use of the various rental units, shelters and administrative facilities. Finding an easy way to reduce these costs was a high priority.

“Our leaders have always wanted to do more to make our operation green, and this was an easy way to make real progress,” said Lori Theriault, housing director for YCSP. “We have installed solar panels on some of our buildings, but for others it just isn’t practical. Community solar provides us with a way to increase our sustainability program without spending money upfront or installing equipment in our facilities. I signed up for community solar for my own home, so I already knew the program worked.”

By participating in the program, YCSP pays for energy credits on its CMP bills at a fixed discount, achieving long-term savings and stability on its electricity costs, while supporting the expansion of clean energy on the grid.

“We know that nonprofits struggle with tight budgets and can do more for their customers when they save money on operating costs, so community solar is a great choice for many of them,” said Allan Telio, senior VP of community solar for Nexamp.

YCSP operates an emergency homeless shelter, provides affordable rental units for individuals or families in transition, provides substance abuse support, and runs a food bank. The organization is responsible for more than 350 beds in its shelters and housing units and appoints case managers to help clients with the support and skills they need to become independent.

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