Chico Women’s Club is officially solar powered

Chico Women’s Club is officially solar powered

2019-07-31T08:20:25+00:00July 31st, 2019|Environment|

CHICO — After years of planning and raising money, the Chico Women’s Club finally has their solar power system.

The brand-new solar array was installed Sunday thanks to the help of eight volunteers and teamwork of two local companies.

In partnership with Green Mountain Energy, Klean Kanteen funded the project.

The two companies work together to accumulate funds that can only be donated to a nonprofit organization pushing for a clean energy idea.

“We were a nonprofit installing solar,” said Glynda-Lee Hoffmann, secretary on the club’s board of directors. “They were a for-profit looking for a nonprofit to give their grant to. It worked out perfectly.”

Klean Kanteen learned of the clean energy idea after their Senior Sustainability Manager, Danielle Cresswell, drove by the club and saw a banner promoting their GoFundMe campaign.

Hoffmann could not disclose the total amount given by Klean Kanteen, but confirmed they fully funded the array and installation cost.

According to Hoffmann, the solar power system will save the club approximately $3000 every year.

“It’s really an investment because it eventually pays for itself and then it starts paying you back,” Hoffmann said. “You’re not buying the energy you’re making.”

A city inspector will come Monday to sign off on the project.

Luckily for volunteers, Sunday’s installation of the solar panels went more smoothly than anticipated.

Due to forecasted heat, the job began at 6 a.m. and was expected to finish around 11 a.m.

By 7:30 a.m., workers were placing the final panel on the roof.

“I was expecting to be here until 11 and I built up a cushion until 1 just in case because this kind of work can take longer than you think,” said Dan Beveridge, a volunteer with Grid Alternatives.  “It went really fast and I think we had the perfect number of volunteers to have an economics of efficacy.”

Grid Alternatives, a nonprofit solar installer for low income homes, gave Hoffmann the names of two employees who could help out Sunday.

“The women’s club is a foundation in Chico,” Beveridge said. “It’s a great nonprofit and it has meant a lot of good times for a lot of people so it’s worth getting up early on Sunday for.”

A free public open house will be held Sept. 22 to celebrate the club’s 106th birthday. The organization also offers a yearly membership for $35 to both men and women.

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