DALLAS — Solar executives stepped away from the networking bustle of SPI 2011 last week to attend an event for humanity.
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) coordinated with SolarCity, Trina Solar, SolarUS, SES 21, SolarTrek, Schletter and Bosch Solar Energy to donate residential PV systems to 15 Dallas-area Habitat for Humanity homes. “I can’t think of a better way to kick off SPI than right here at this Habitat for Humanity solar installation,” said Tom Kimbis, Vice President of SEIA.
A crowd gathered to watch SolarCity install PV panels donated by Trina Solar. The home is also equipped with a solar hot water system donated by SolarUS. “The systems being installed will save these homeowners thousands of dollars each year. This project demonstrates that solar works in America,” said Kimbis.
Habitat for Humanity ensures that each homeowner is well equipped to maintain the energy-efficient home. “The application process is quite comprehensive,” said Beverly Stibbens, Director of Corporate Engagement at the Dallas-area Habitat for Humanity. Prospective homeowners must participate in an application process that requires the homeowner to commit to 400 hours of service with Habitat for Humanity. This includes community service and an education program with courses on how to be a homeowner and a good neighbor.
“Our homes are built to Energy Star standard, which saves homeowners 10-15 percent on energy costs. These arrays will make these savings even better,” said Stibbens.