Huntsville Boys & Girls Club Receives Gift of Solar Power

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Feeding a local youth center just got easier and cleaner. The James A. Lane Boys & Girls Club cut the ribbon for an 18 kilowatt solar system installed next to the building on Abingdon Avenue on Thursday.

Officials said the microgrid can power everything indoors, from kitchens to his gym to any of his HVAC systems.

“I remember in 2011 we had major tornadoes and everyone was without power. So we’re in a type of community where if something like that happened we could open our doors and be a safe zone. for the community and for our children and our parents. And that’s what we do at the Boys & Girls Club,” said Patrick Wynn, president of the North Alabama Chapter.

The company behind the gifted installation project is Wisconsin-based EnTech Solutions.

“Because we love working in communities that provide support to communities and we just started working here in January 2021. We wanted to immediately start contributing to the region,” said EnTech analyst Mike Collom.

Wynn said the microgrid solar panels will be the first to power part of a boys and girls club anywhere in the country, adding that they will also inspire the 4,300 young people who use the center each year.

“It’s huge for us,” Wynn said. “Whenever you’re in charge of a nonprofit, finances (are) sometimes a burden. And so when you can provide something that will save you money and put more money into programming so you can have better results for our children, that’s second to none. Because our goal is to produce positive citizens.

Wynn also hopes to expand solar energy projects to be installed at other Boys & Girls Club sites in northern Alabama in the coming years.

EnTech Solutions said the microgrid can reduce the James A. Lane Building’s energy costs by up to $3,100 per year.


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